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PROCEEDINGS 

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THE GRAND CHAPTER 



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rAT THE 
BIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, 

I1KLI) AT 

THE TOWN OF PRESCOTT, 0. W., ON THE SECOND TUESDAY 
Tfir 8th Day of Augwt § A. L., 5865, A. ])., 18G5. 







Ordered to be read in all the Chapters and preserved. 



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ADDKESS 



THOMAS DOUGLAS HARINGTON, OTTAWA, GRAND Z. 
THOMAS BIRD HARRIS, HAMILTON, GRAND SORTRE E. 



HAMILTON : 

PRINTED AT THE -SPECTATOR" OFFTCE, PRINCES SQUARE 



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PROCEEDINGS. 

At the Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, held in the Masonic 
Hall, at the Town of Prescott, on Tuesday the 8th day 
of August, A.L., 5865, A.D., 1865. 

PBE6ENT : 



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Chas. D. Macdonnell, 
On the Throne. 

Thomas Bird Harris, Grand Scribe E. 



Isaac H. Stearns, " 

L. II. Henderson, as " 

Thomas McCraken, " 

Henry Dumble, " 

Henry A. Sims, as " 

John Clarke, as " 

Joseph J. Curran, as " 

A. G. Smyth, as " 

A. S. Kirkpatrick,as " 

Wm. M. Jamieson, " 

Stanis. H. Blondheim, " 

and as " 
Angus Grant, 
John W. Murton, 

George M. Wilkinson, as 



" N. 
Prin'l Sojourner. 
Treasurer. 
Registrar. 
1st As't Sojourner 
2nd " " 

Sword Bearer. 
Standard " 
Dir. of Ceremon's. 
Organist 
Pursuivant. 
Janitor. 

Grand 
Stewards. 

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300 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS. 

R. E. Comp. James Seymour, Hamilton District. 
" " " Edward J. Barker, Central 
" " " Thomas Milton, Montreal 



PAST GRAND OFFICERS. 

M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, P. G. Z. 

" " « John C. Franck, P. G. Z. 

R. " « S. D. Fowler, P. G. H. 

u " « Col. W. J. B. McLeod Moore, P. G. H. 

" " " Win. B. Simpson, P. G. J. 

V. " " Manuel Northrop, P. G. S. B. 

" " " George En Earl, P. G. S. 

A constitutional number of Chapters being represented, 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada was 
opened in Jwtgltf form. 

The Grand Scribe E. having examined the Register, 
reported the following Representatives from regular 
chartered Chapters, present, and entitled to take part in 
the business of Grand Chapter, viz : 

No. 1. ANCIENT FRONTENAC, KINGSTON. 

R. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, Z. and P.G.H. 

" " Alex. S. Kirkpatrick, H. 

«? " Geo. M. Wilkinson, J. 
" « " W. B. Simpson, P.Z. and P.G.H. 
" " " C. D. Macdonnell, " and G.J. 

No. 2. THE HIRAM, HAMILTON. 

E. Comp. Joseph J. Curran, H. 
R. " « Thomas B. Harris, P.Z. and G.S.E. 

No. 5. st. george's, london. 

M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, Z. and P.G.Z. 
" " A. G. Smyth, P.H. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 301 

No. 6. st. john's, Hamilton. 

V.E. Coin]). John TV. Murton, Z. and G. Steward. 
R. " " Thos. B. Harris, P.Z. and G.S.E. 
" " " Thos. McCraken, P.Z. and G. Treas. 

No. 7. MORI A, BELLEVILLE. 

R. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, P.Z.,P.G.R., (proxy.) 
No. 8. king Solomon's, Toronto. 

V. E. Comp. George En Earl, (proxy), P.G. Steward. 

No. 12. CATARAQUI, KINGSTON. 

R. E. Comp. E. J. Barker, P.Z. and G. Sup. 
" « " Henry Durable, P.Z. and G.R. 
V. " " Stanislaus H. Blondheira, P.H. and G.P. 
R. " " C. D. Macdonnell, G.J. 

No. 13. STADACONA, QUEBEC. 

M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, G.Z. 

No. 15. WAWANOSH, SARNIA. 

Y.E. Comp. Win. M. Jamieson, Z. and G. O. 

No. 16. CARLETON, OTTAWA. 

E. Comp. Henry A. Sims, H. 
" R. Leslie. 
R. " « W. J. B. McLeod Moore, P.Z. and P.G.H. 

No. 18. OXFORD, WOODSTOCK. 

R. E. Comp. Thos. B. Harris, (proxy.) 

No. 19. MOUNT MORIAH, ST. CATHARINES. 

R.E. Comp. James Seymour, P.Z. and G. Sup. (proxy.) 

No. 20. MOUNT HOREB, BRANTFOED. 

R.E. Comp. Thomas B. Harris, (proxy.) 

No. 21. CARNARVON, MONTREAL. 

E. Comp. Isaac H. Stearns, J. 
M. " " J. C. Franck, P.G.Z. 
Y. " " A n cms Grant, G. Steward. 



302 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

No. 22. GRENVILLE, PRESCOTT. 

V. E. Comp. Manuel Northrop, P.Z. and P.G. Steward. 
" " K. Waugh, J. 
" A. G. Macdonnell. 
" John Montgomery. 

No. 23. EZRA, SIMCOE. 

E. Comp. John Clarke, Z. 

No. 25. MOUNT HOREB, MONTREAL. 

R. E. Comp. Thomas Milton, Z. and Gr. Super. 

On motion it was resolved — 

That the report of the G. S. E. on representatives be 
received and adopted. 

The M. E. Z. granted leave for the admission of all Royal 
Arch Masons in good standing. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded 
by E. Comp. I. H. Stearns, and resolved — 

That inasmuch as the proceedings at the regular Convo- 
cation of Grand Chapter, held at the City of Quebec, on the 
9th day of August, A. D., 1864, have been printed, and 
copies thereof forwarded to the subordinate Chapters, the 
minutes of the said Convocation be considered as read, and 
the same be now confirmed. 

The M. E. Z. read the following address to the assembled 
Companions : 

ADDRESS. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Chapter of 

Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Companions : 

I open our Eighth Annual Convocation in accordance with 
custom, chiefly for the purpose of expressing the pleasure I 
feel in again greeting you in Grand Chapter assembled, for 



EIGIITH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 1865. 303 

really and truly niy official duties have been so light during the 
past year, as almost to render unnecessary any formal Address. 

Some familiar and respected faces are missing, — Some true 
Members of our Order have succumbed to our inevitable destiny 
since last we met ; but we, who have been spared for further 
usefulness let us hope, have the privilege and comfort of believing 
that their end was peaceful, that their summons was obeyed 
with calmness and fortitude, and that they have departed, in all 
faith, for that home of" Light," which, the Volume of the Sacred 
Law reveals ; " has, no need of the Sun, neither of the Moon to 
shine in it, for the Glory of God lightens it,"— that G.A.O.T.U. 
to whom our earnest thanks and praises are due, for the many 
blessings He has vouchsafed to us. 

Though not connected with our order, I think this a proper and 
appropriate place, and deem it my duty to announce to you the 
lamented decease of the Honorable Sir Etienne Paschal Tache, 
lately the honored and respected Premier of our common country. 
All must feel this loss to Canada of a very old and valuable 
public man, and a gentleman of sterling truth and integrity. He 
died full of years and deserved honors, and at peace with his 
Maker and his fellow men. 

I have reason to believe that our subordinate Chapters are 
prospering, and working in harmony. I have granted a 
Dispensation for a new Chapter, called " St. Mark's," to be holden 
at Trenton, the petition for which came to me properly 
recommended, and I commend its confirmation by Warrant of 
Grand Chapter. The Grand Superintendents will furnish all 
necessary details of the progress of the Royal Art in their 
respective districts. 

I am happy to say that I know of no existing differences with 
any one of our Sister Grand Bodies — all their proceedings received, 
and in the keeping of the Grand Scribe E., evince the most 
kindly feeling, — a feeling which is warmly reciprocated. — I wish 
I could thus early present you a Report on Foreign Correspon- 
dence, but I fear that the talent and industry of our excellent 
companion Seymour, to whose care I wished to entrust this work| 
are at present lost to us. I am sure Grand Chapter will unite 



304 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

with ine in expressing our sincere regret, that the health and 
strength of one, who has never spared himself when work was to 
be performed, has been sadly shaken. 

I have, as I did last year, granted several Dispensations, 
sanctioning special elections of Principals, having been first 
convinced of the necessity of according to the several applica- 
tions, in order to enable the Chapters to continue working, and 
for the promotion of their internal harmony and well-being. 

Your Treasurer and Grand Scribe E., will as usual afford you 
full financial information. I believe there are no particular claims 
to be met, and am happy again to report the payment of a portion 
of the arrears of salary due to that very painstaking and excellent 
officer, Companion Thos. B. Harris. And here I may mention 
the narrow escape from destruction by fire of Grand Chapter 
Kecords, &c, but fortunately the actual damage done was trifling, 
though the Grand Scribe E. states that they look prematurely 
ancient. He suggests the purchase of a safe for the proper 
keeping of valuable papers, and I submit his very proper 
suggestion to you for consideration. 

In accordance with the Resolution of Grand Chapter, adopted 
at our last Annual Convocation, that really important work, the 
revision of the Constitution, has been effected, and the proposed 
alterations have been printed and forwarded to each Chapter. 
Much care was taken to render it complete by your Committee, 
and no longer dependent upon Craft-Masonry, and their Report 
now awaits your decision. 

I have, under your authority, decided upon the form of a 
Certificate for the intermediate degrees of Mark-Master, Past- 
Master, and Most Excellent Master, and it is in the hands of 
Right Excellent Companion Stevenson, your respected Grand 
H. for completion. 

I have no other special business to which to invite your 
consideration, and will only further occupy your time by alluding 
to two subjects of congratulation. 

The first is the birth of a second son to their R. H. the 
Prince and Princess of Wales, affording more happiness to our 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 305 

Queen, and beloving subjects, of whom it is our pride to form 
a portion. I am sure you will, with me again wish continuous 
felicity to the Illustrious Parents and unite with heart and voice 
in the National Prayer, " God Save our Queen." 

My second subject of congratulation is the restoration of peace 
in the United States, and a return to friendly relations, so long 
interrupted, between all our Brethren and Companions, citizens 
of that powerful and important Republic. In all the proceedings 
I have had the pleasure of studying, there is a general expression 
of satisfaction amongst Freemasons at the changed condition of 
affairs, and let us hope now, that the demon of discord and civil 
war, the worst of scourges, will be banished, and 11 nl nun w 
look their fellow men in the face as they should do, without 
wishing to take from each other, what they never did or could 
give life and light. 

In conclusion, I beg sincerely to thank the several Grand 
Superintendents, and Officers of Grand Chapter for their services 
and valuable aid to me, thereby making matters work altogether 
in harmony, and may the blessings of God be upon us and our 
common country ! — So mote it be ! 

T. DOUGLAS HARINGTON, 

Grand Z. 

Prescott, 8th August, 1865. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded 
by R. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, and resolved— 

That the address of the M. E. Z. be referred to the 
• following special Committee, viz:— R E. Comps. E. J. 
Barker, and James Seymour, and E. Comp. John Clarke, 
to report thereon at an early hour. 

The Grand Scribe E. read a letter he had received from 
R. E. Comp. A. A. Stevenson, expressing regret for his 
unavoidable absence from this Convocation of Grand 
Chapter. 



306 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The following reports of the Grand Superintendents of 
Districts were read, viz : — 



LONDON DISTRICT. 

To the M. E, the Grand Council, Officers and Companions of the 
Grand Royal Chapter of Canada : 

As Grand Superintendent of the London District, and in 
accordance with the Constitutional requirement, I have pleasure 
in submitting a brief report on the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry within my District. 

The Chapters in the District are, in number, the same as 
reported last year, namely, three. I went to Sarnia on the 13th 
January last, with the intention of visiting the "Wawanosh " 
Chapter, No. 15 ; but on my arrival there I ascertained that a 
Chapter could not be opened for the reason that all the Principals 
were from home, and the notice I had previously sent of my 
contemplated visit, had not been received. I have, however, had 
an opportunity of conversing with V. E. Comp. W. M. Jamiesou, 
the First Principal Z. of said Chapter, and it has enabled me to 
state that the " Wawanosh " Chapter is progressing most satis- 
factory. 

" St. George's" Chapter, No. 5, London, under the management 
of that enthusiastic and warm-heart Mason, M. E. Comp. 
Thompson Wilson, is in a flourishing condition, as likewise is 
" Tecumseh " Chapter, No. 24, over which I have the honor to 
preside. 

The members of these Chapters have no other feeling than 
that of pride in striving who can best work, and best agree. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

CHARLES KAHN, 

Grand Sup., London District 



1865. 307 



HAMILTON DISTRICT 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Council, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Royal Chapter of Canada : 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Constitution, I beg 
leave to submit my report, as Grand Superintendent of the 
Hamilton District, on the condition of Capitular Masonry therein 
during the year now about to expire. In that period nothing 
of special moment has transpired to mar the harmony and steady 
onward progress recorded in times past. The three Chapters 
comprising the District have pursued the even tenor of their 
way, faithfully discharging their duties, and laboring with 
commendable zeal to build up that moral edifice, the perfection 
of which is the strength and glory of the Royal Art. 

Indifferent health has prevented me from visiting the Hamilton 
Chapters as frequently as I would like to have done ; but this 
has happily been rendered of little consequence, through the 
ability and attention to duty of the Officers governing them. 

With the view of completing their furniture, they have 
procured a very handsome set of Tribular Banners, richly 
embroidered on silk, which, not only beautify and adorn their 
chastely fitted-up Chapter-Room, but also renders their work 
more impressive in the historical lecture. When they add the 
Standard and Division Banners, which they contemplate doing 
in the same style at an early day, these Chapters will be able 
to boast of possessing the most thorough outfit of any in Canada 

It is with deep regret that I record the death of R. E. Comp. 
Wm. Bellhouse, for years an active member of this Grand 
Chapter, and a zealous, worthy Mason, whose loss is deplored 
by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. — 
Always ready to do his duty in whatever sphere he might be 
called upon to act, generous and sympathetic in his nature, many 
will miss the genial warmth of his friendly greeting at our 
assemblages, and drop a heart-felt tear to keep his memory in 
perpetual remembrance. 

The project of establishing a new Chapter at Grimsby, to 
which I referred in my last Report, has not yet been matured, 



308 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

owing to circumstances not necessary to be stated here ; but I 
trust that ere another year rolls round, the Companions there 
will be enabled to evercome these hindrances, and complete their 
organization. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

JAS. SEYMOUR, 

G. Supt.j H. D. 

St. Catharines, 
1st August, A.L., 2395. 

CENTRAL DISTRICT. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Council, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Royal Chapter of Canada : 

The year of office to which I was appointed, that of 
G. Supt. of R. A. M., for the Central District, has passed off 
with little incident that requires report. I have not done much 
while filling this office, but I have been asked to do several things 
which I was compelled to decline, not having the power to perform 
them. The "Carleton" Chapter, of Ottawa, asked me to grant a 
Dispensation to allow a Companion who was not an Installed 
Master of a Symbolic Lodge, to take one of the Chairs. I was asked 
by the " Grenville" Chapter, to grant a Dispensation to allow a 
Companion who had not taken the Third Chair to be installed 
into the Second Chair, and I was asked to grant a Dispensation 
to certain Companions residing in and about Trenton, to form a 
Chapter of R. A. Masons in this Town. The former two 
applications I referred to the Most Excellent Z., the third I sent 
to the Right Excellent Scribe E., of the results I have not been 
informed. 

During my year of office, I visited the " Ancient Frontenac " 
Chapter, at Kingston, and inspected its work, and I also visited 
the " Cataraqui " Chapter, in the same city, inspected the work, 
and installed the Officers elect. I was greatly pleased with the 
working of both Chapters, particularly with that of the "Ancient 
Frontenac " Chapter, which I highly commend. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 309 

Had ray private avocations permitted, I would have visited 
the more distant Chapters in my District, but this I found 
incompatible with the daily duties of my business. The travel- 
ling expenses of a Grand Superintendent of It. A. Masonry are also 
sufficiently large to prevent any but a rich man to visit all the 
Chapters under his charge, I humbly submit to the consideration 
of Grand Chapter, the propriety of their travelling expenses 
being defrayed, either from the funds of Grand Chapter, or made 
up from the fund of the Chapter which the Grand Superintendent 
may visit. Unable to visit the town of Belleville, there to instal 
the First Principal and other officers of the "Moira" Chapter, the 
First Principal elect, Rt. Ex. Companion M. Crombie, came 
purposely to Kingston, and I duly installed him First Principal 
Z. at a special council of First Principals, 

A case of severe distress has recently occurred in Kingston. 
Ex. Companion Past 1st Principal Milo, a long and highly 
valued Mason, has had the misfortune to be burnt out, (for the 
sixth time,) and has lost heavily in House, Furniture, and 
Clothing. Owing to age and the competition of younger men in 
his trade of a painter, he is in very reduced circumstances. He 
is a worthy good man and deserving of assistance from the Craft 
at large. In bringing his case before Grand Chapter, I do it 
under the hope that some means may be devised by which 
material assistance in his old age may be given to him. 

All of which is humbly submitted. 

EDW. J. BARKER, 

Grand Supt., C. D. 
MONTREAL DISTRICT. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Council & Companions of the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Canada : 

In accordance with the constitutional rule of Grand Chapter, 
I beg to submit a brief report of the state of Royal Arch Masonry 
in this District. 

The District of Montreal contains within its limits, but two 
Royal Arch Chapters which acknowledge the jurisdiction of the 



310 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA. 

Grand Chapter of Canada, namely, the "Carnarvon" Chapter,No. 
21, presided over by the Grand H., R. E. Comp. A. A. Stevenson, 
and the " Mount Horeb " Chapter, No. 25, of which I have the 
honor to be First Principal. Of the "Carnarvon" Chapter, I 
consider it would be out of place for me to make any remarks, 
unless to say that it is in excellent working order, and prospering* 
as all institutions must prosper when under such good government. 

The "Mount Horeb " Chapter has been in existence only about 
eighteen months, and if it has advanced slowly compared to other 
Chapters, it has advanced steadily and surely, and is now in a 
prosperous and good working condition. The election of Officers 
of this Chapter is appointed for the second Wednesday in April, 
some time previous to the last election of officers, I was requested 
by a number of the Members to petition the Most Excellent 
Grand Z., to grant them permission to elect to the office of second 
Principal H. a Companion who had not served the office of third 
Principal J., which permission the Most Excellent Z. was pleased 
to grant, together with a Dispensation empowering me to instal 
said Companion, if elected. The Companion was elected by an 
almost unanimous vote of the Chapter, was duly installed and I 
am happy to say that the Chapter is greatly benefited by the 
indulgence. 

I am requested by the members of "Mount Horeb" Chapter, to 
express in Grand Chapter, their gratitude to R.E. Companion A. 
A. Stevenson, E. Companion I. H. Stearns, and other members 
of "Carnarvon" Chapter for instruction and assistance rendered by 
them to "Mount Horeb" Chapter while it was in its infancy, and to 
assure them that their perfect working, fraternal bearing, and 
praiseworthy conduct in endeavoring to teach the work adopted 
by the Grand Chapter of Canada, has given a healthy tone to 
the working of the Chapter, and shall continue to be carefully 
followed. 

All which is most respectfully submitted, 

THOMAS MILTON, 

Grand Superintendent 
Montreal District 

Montreal, 7th August, 1865. 






EIGIITII ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 311 
EASTERN TOWNSHIPS' DISTRICT. 

To the Most Excellent Grand Council, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada : 

In accordance with the requirements of the Grand Chapter, 
I have the honor of submitting* my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in the Eastern Townships' District. 

The number of Chapters continues nominally three. 

•'Golden Rule" still follows the same work as previously 
reported, continues to prosper, but does not show the same marked 
improvement this year that I had the honor to mention in my 
last report. 

•• Bedford District" has had no convocation, I believe, for more 
than three years, and never has conferred the Royal Arch 
Degree. 

" Dorchester" is in a flourishing condition, adding slowly, but 
steadily to its numbers, and exercising great care in the ballot. 

1 regret to report the death of one of its members, my brother 
Edward Robinson, who died Nov. 4th, 1864, and was buried 
with Masonic honors, by " Shefford " Lodge. 

The whole respectfully submitted, 

H. L. ROBINSON, 

Grand Sup., E. T. D. 
Waterloo, C. E., 31st July, 1S65. 

It was moved by K.E. Comp. James Seymour, seconded 
by E. Comp. George M. Wilkinson, and resolved — 

That the reports of the Grand Superintendents be received 
and referred to the following special Committee for 
consideration, viz: — R E. Comps. S. D. Fowler and 
L. II. Henderson, and E. Comp. I. IE Stearns. 

It was ordered that the reports of Grand Superintendents 
[of such Districts not yet received be printed with the 
Proceedings. 



312 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

It was moved by R.E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded 
by R.E. Comp. E. J. Barker, and resolved — 

That the following named Companions be a Special 
Committee on Audit and Finance, viz : — E. Comp. H. A. 
Sims, R. E. Comp. Thomas Milton and E. Comp. George 
M. Wilkinson. 

The Grand Scribe E. submitted and read the following 
Annual Statements, as also those of the Grand Treasurer, 
which were received and referred to the Special Committee 
on Audit and Finance. 



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NAME OF CHAPTER. 



Ancient Frontenac, Kingston . 

The Hiram, Hamilton 

St. Andrew's, Toronto 

St. George's, London 

St. John's, Hamilton 

Moria, Belleville 

King Solomon's, Toronto 

Golden Rule, Stanstead 

Cataraqui, Kingston 

Stadacona, Quebec 

Dedford District, Dunham 

Wawanosh, Sarnia 

Carleton, Ottawa 

Dorchester, Waterloo 

Oxford, "Woodstock 

Mount Moriah, St. Catharines . 

Mount Horeb, Brant-ford 

Carnarvon, Montreal 

Grenville, Prescott 

Ezra, Simcoe 

Tecumseh, Stratford. 

Mount Horeb, Montreal 



DATE OF LAST RETURN. 



31st January, 1864. 
" " 1865. 
" • 1863. 
I* - 1865. 

" •• 1865. 
" " 1864. 
11 " 1864. 

1865. 

1865. 

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1859. 

1864. 

1864. 

1864. 

1865. 

1865. 

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1864. 

1865. 

1862. 

1865. 

1865. 



30th .June, 
:6th December 
1 2 9th July, 
31st January, 



30th June, 
19th June, 
20th July, 
31st January 
12th July, 



DIE. 

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64 10 

319 75 



K.E. Comp. James Seymour, Chairman of Committee, 
informed Grand Chapter that a report on Foreign Corres- 
pondence was being prepared and would be ready in 
time to be printed with the proceedings of Grand Chapter. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, seconded 

by M. E. Comp. Thompson Wilson, and resolved — 

That the proposed revision of the Constitution, submitted 
by the Grand Council be received, and the same be 
considered clause by clause. 



* Chapters Marked thus (•) have since paid up. 



316 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The following notices of motion were given for the place 
of holding the Annual Convocation in 1866 : by 

E. E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, St. Catharines. 

V. " " Wm. M. Jamieson, Ottawa. 

E. " " E. J. Barker, Kingston. 

M. " " J. C. Franck, Montreal. 

The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refresh- 
ment, to meet at 2 o'clock, p, m. 



The Grand Chapter resumed its sitting at 3.15 o'clock, 
p. m. 



PRESENT. 



M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harrington, Grand Z. 

E. " " S. D. Fowler, as " H. 

" " « Charles D. Macdonnell, " J. 

On the Throne. 

Grand Officers, Members and Eepresentatives. 

The consideration, clause by clause, of the proposed 
revision of the Constitution was taken up and progress 
made. 

The Grand Chapter was called from labor to refreshment, 
to meet at 7 o'clock, p. m. 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 317 

The Grand Chapter resumed its sittings at 7.30 o'clock, 
p. m. 

PRESENT. 

M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, Grand Z. 

R. " " S. D. Fowler, as " H. 

" « " C. D. Macdonnell, " J. 

On the Throne. 

Grand Officers, Members and Representatives. 

The revision of the Constitution was, after mature 
consideration, finally agreed to, as follows : — 

CONSTITUTION AND GENERAL REGULATIONS 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OP THE 

©rjl*t[ off |Upt SUrtt IRaaona of (Banada. 

— 

REVISED BY GRAND CHAPTER, 8th DAY OF AUGUST, A.D., 1865, A. I., 2395. 



THE GRAND CHAPTER. 

I. The Style and Title of the Grand Chapter shall he " The 
Grand Chapter of Boyal Arch Masons of Canada" and the 
members shall rank in the following order : — 
The Grand Z. 
Past " " 
The " H. 
Past " 
The "J 
Past " " 

Grand Superintendent, London District. 

Wilson " 

Huron " 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Grand Superintendent, Hamilton District. 

" " Toronto 

" " Ontario " 

" " Prince Edward u 

" " Central 

" " Montreal " 

E. Townships " 

" " Quebec " 

Past Grand Superintendents of Districts, in the same 

order of precedence. 
Grand Scribe, E. 

Past Grand Scribes, E. and N. 

Grand Principal Sojourner. 

Past 

Grand Treasurer. 

Past 

Grand Registrar. 

Past 

Grand First Assistant Sojourner. 

Past " " ' : 

Grand Second " 

Past " " " 

Grand Sword Bearer. 

Past 

Grand Standard Bearer. 

Past 

Grand Director or Ceremonies. 

Past 

Grand Organist. 

Past 

Grand Pursuivant. 

Past 

Grand Stewards. 

Past 

The Three Principals of every subordinate Chapter. 

Past Z., H., and J. of every subordinate Chapter, being 

subscribing members to some regular Chapter. 
Grand Janitor. 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 18G5. S19 

N. B. — All First and Past First Grand Principals are Btyled 
"Most Excellent;" all other elective Grand and Past Grand 
Officers arc styled "Bight ExeeUent," and all appointed and 
past appointed Grand Officers are styled " Very Excellent. 11 The 

Grand Janitor is styled " Companion." 

II. The Officers dl Grand Chapter shall be respectively 
fleeted or appointed, as hereinafter provided, and hold their 
offices for one year, or until their successors shall have been 
regularly elected or appointed, and installed. 

The election and appointment of all officers shall take 
place at the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, when 
they shall be duly installed and invested in ancient form. 

III. The following Officers shall be nominated for election 
and if more than one Companion be nominated, the election 
between them shall be decided by ballot, viz : 

The Most Excellent Grand Z. 
" Right Excellent. " H. 

u J 

" " " M Scribes, E. aud N. 

" " " " Principal Sojourner. 

11 " " " Treasurer. 

" " " " Registrar. 

But were only one nomination takes place the ballot is 
unnecessary. 

By an open vote of the Grand Chapter, — 
The Grand Janitor. 

By a majority of the Representatives of the Chapters of 
their respective Districts present at the Annual Convocation, 
subject to the confirmation of the Grand Z. — 

The Right Excellent the Grand Superintendents of Districts. 

IV. The following officers shall be appointed by the Grand Z 

The V. E. Grand First Assistant Sojourner. 
" u " Second Assistant Sojourner. 
11 " " Sword Bearer. 



320 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The V. E. Grand Standard Bearer. 
" " " Director of Ceremonies. 
Organist. 
" Pursuivant. 
Four " " Stewards. 

V. The elective officers, except the Janitor, shall require 
a majority of all the votes present. The elective officers must 
be First or Past First Principals and the other Officers, except 
the Janitor, Principals, or Past Principals of a Chapter. ' 

VI. Should neither of the representative officers, nor a 
Past Z. of a Chapter, attend any Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter, such Chapter, by a vote properly certified by the First 
Principal and Scribe E., under seal, may delegate any Com- 
panion entitled to a seat in the Grand Chapter to represent their 
Chapter, but no Companion can represent more than three 
Chapters. 

VII. Every Companion elected or appointed to office in the 
Grand Chapter, shall, during his period of office, be a subscrib- 
ing member to some regular subordinate Chapter ; and any Past 
Grand officer or member, who shall for twelve months continu- 
ously cease to be a subscribing member to some subordinate 
Chapter, shall be disqualified from attending the Grand Chapter 
— such disqualification to continue until he shall have again 
become,and continue to be, a subscribing member to some regular 
subordinate Chapter. 

VIII. Should a vacancy occur in any office of the Grand 
Chapter, the Grand Z. shall nominate a qualified Companion to 
supply the place pro tempore. But no officer can resign his 
office after he has been installed and invested ; nor can he be 
removed except for cause which appears to the Grand Chapter, 
to be sufficient, to be ascertained by the votes of the majority of 
members present, on complaint laid before it by the Grand Z., in 
which case another must be elected or appointed in his stead, as 
the case may be. This includes the Grand Janitor. 

IX. The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter shall be 
held on the second Tuesday in August, at which the place of 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKKS( OTT, 1865. 321 

holding the next Convocation shall be decided. None bu 
member? shall be present without the permission of the presiding 

officer. 

X. The Grand Z. may convene Grand Chapters of Emergency 
when necessary. The reason for convening a Grand Chapter of 
Emergency shall be expressed in the summons, and no other 
business shall be entered upon at that meeting. In all cases 
where summonses are issued whether by Grand or Private 
Chapter, at least seven clear days' notice shall be given 

XI. No officer or member shall be permitted to attend in 
Grand Chapter without his proper clothing and jewel. 

XII. The Grand Director of Ceremonies shall, at every 
meeting of the Grand Chapter, attend without the entrance for 
the purpose of guarding under the superintendance of the Grand 
Pursuivant, against the admission of any but those who are 
qualified, and have their proper clothing and jewels, and have 
signed their names to the accustomed papers, and are in all 
respects entitled to admission. 

XIII. If at any Grand Chapter, stated or occasional, any of 
the Grand Principals be absent, the Chairs shall be filled by the 
Grand Officers next in rank and seniority who may be present, 
provided they be installed Present or Past First Principals of 
any regular subordinate Chapter. And if no such Grand Officer 
be present, then by the First Principals of Chapters, according 
to seniority, and the powers of any such pro tempore presiding 
officers shall be the same as those properly belonging to the 
office so filled by him. 

The Grand Chapter is declared opened in Ample Form when 
the Grand Z. is present, at all other times in Due Form, but with 
the same authority. 

XIV. An annual report of the transactions of the Grand 
Chapter, with an account of the funds and property belonging to 
it, shall be printed without delay, and one copy thereof trans- 
mitted to every Officer of the Grand Chapter, and two copies to 



322 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

every subordinate Chapter, immediately after the general Convo- 
cation in August. 

XV. In the Grand Chapter alone resides the power of 
enacting laws and regulations for the government of the Royal 
Arch, and of altering, amending, repealing and abrogating them. 
The Grand Chapter has also the inherent power of investigating, 
regulating and deciding all matters relating to the Royal Arch, 
and the Intermediate Degrees, and to subordinate Chapters and 
individual Companions ; which it may exercise either of itself, or 
by such delegated authority as it may appoint ; but in the 
Grand Chapter alone resides the power of erasing Chapters and 
expelling Companions from this order of Freemasonry. 

XVI. When the Grand Lodge, or any other competent 
authority in the Craft, shall suspend or expel any Brother who 
is a Royal Arch Mason, the Grand Chapter shall immediately, 
on such suspension or expulsion, and the circumstances relating 
thereto, being communicated to it by the Grand Z., proceed to 
consider and decide whether such Companion shall be suspended 
or expelled from his Arch-Masonic functions for the period whilst 
such Craft suspension or expulsion continues in force. But he shall 
not, neither shall any Companion, under any circumstances, be 
suspended or expelled, until he shall have been summoned to 
show cause, why such sentence should not be recorded and 
enforced, and afforded every opportunity of defending himself, 
either in Grand Chapter as aforesaid, or before other duly 
constituted authority. 

XVII. Should any Chapter have neglected to make its 
returns and payments to the Grand Chapter, for more than one 
year, the representatives of such Chapter shall not be permitted 
to attend any meeting of the Grand Chapter until such returns 
and payment shall have been completed. 

XVIII. No Companion shall be qualified or permitted to 
attend Grand Chapter as Principal or Past Principal, unless and 
until his name and appointment shall have been transmitted to 
the Grand Scribe E. 

XIX. Companions of eminence and ability, who have 
rendered service to the Craft, may by a vote of the Grand 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, I860. 323 

Chapter be constituted members of the Grand Chapter, with such 
rank and distinction as may bo thought proper. 



REGULATION 8 

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE GRAND CHAPTER DURING 
THE TIME OF BUSINESS. 

To l>c read at every Convocation thereof. 

I. The Grand Chapter being opened, and the Regulations 
having been read, the Minutes of the last Annual Convocation, 
and of any intervening Grand Chapter, are then to be put for 
confirmation ; and any communication from the Grand Principals, 
or either of them, and reports from the Grand Superintendents of 
Districts and any Committee, shall be read and taken into 
consideration ; after which, the other business shall be regularly 
proceeded with. 

II. All matters are to be decided by a majority of votes, 
except where a ballot is enacted or demanded ; each Officer and 
member of the Grand Chapter, (except the Grand Janitor) shall 
have one vote, and the presiding Officer, in case of equality, a 
casting vote ; unless the Grand Chapter, for the sake of expedi- 
tion, shall think proper to leave any particular subject to the 
determination of the presiding Officer. The votes of the Members 
are to be signified by each holding out one of his hands, which 
hands the Grand Scribes are to count, unless the presiding Officer 
shall declare the numbers so unequal as to render the counting 
unnecessary. No visitor shall on any occasion be permitted to 
vote. 

III. Any member may demand a ballot on any question, either 

before or immediately after an open vote shall have been taken. 

In all matters to be decided by ballot, each Chapter shall have 

three votes, and each officer (except the Janitor) and member, 

not otherwise entitled to vote, shall have one vote, and (except 

where otherwise provided) in case of equality, the presiding 

Officer shall have a casting vote. The Grand Scribes shall act 

as Scrutineers. 

5 



324 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

IV. Whenever the presiding Officer shall call to order, 
there shall be general silence. 

V. All members shall keep their seats, except the Grand 
Scribes, the Grand Principal Sojourner and his Assistants, the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, and Grand Stewards, who ars 
allowed to move about from place to place in the discharge of 
their duties. 

VI. No Companion shall speak twice to the same question, 
unless in explanation, or the mover in reply, and no visitor shall 
speak to any question, unless requested or permitted to do so 
by the presiding Officer. 

VII. Every Companion who speaks shall rise and remain 
standing addressing himself to the presiding Officer ; and no 
Companion shall interrupt him, except to speak to order, or the 
presiding Officer to call him to order ; but after he has been set 
right he may proceed, if he observes due order and decorum. 

VIII. If any Member shall have been twice called to order 
by the presiding Officer and shall, nevertheless, be guilty of a 
third offence at the same meeting, the presiding Officer may 
command him forthwith to quit the Grand Chapter, and he shall 
not be again admitted to that Convocation. 

IX. Whoever shall be so unmasonic as to hiss at a Com- 
panion, or at what he has said, shall be forthwith solemnly 
excluded the Convocation, and declared incapable of being a 
Member of any Grand Chapter till, at another Grand Convocation, 
he publicly own his fault and grace be granted. 

X. No motion for the repeal or alteration of any existing law, 
or for the introduction of a new one, shall be made, without 
notice being given in a previous Grand Chapter. And no repeal, 
alteration or addition shall be valid unless supported by two- 
thirds of the votes present. 

XI. No motion on any new subject shall be made, nor any 
new matter entered upon after eleven o'clock at night. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOTT, 1805. 325 

OF GRAND OFFIOEE8. 

I. The Grand Z., after his installation, at the annual Convoca- 
tion, shall nominate such Grand Officers as it is his perogative 
to appoint, who, with the elective Grand Officers, are to be 
thereupon installed and invested in ancient form. 

II. Should the Grand Z. die during his term of office, or be 
rendered incapable of discharging the duties, the immediate Past 
First Grand Principal shall act until the next election takes place. 
Should he decline or be unable to act, the last but one, and so on ; 
but if no former Grand Z. be found to act, the Grand Chapter 
shall be summoned by the Grand H., or in his absence, by the 
Grand J., to elect a new Grand Z. 

III. The Grand Z„ under the sanction of the Grand Chapter, 
may, by warrant, appoint any Companion of eminence and skill 
to represent the Grand Chapter in a sister Grand Chapter; he 
may also constitute the Representative of a sister Grand Chapter, 
a member of the Grand Chapter of Canada, with such rank as 
the Grand Chapter may deem to be appropriate. 

IV. The Grand Principals, or either of them, may preside in 
any Chapter they may visit. 

V. The Grand Z. may summon any Chapter or Companion to 
attend him, and may order the production of the warrant, books, 
papers and accounts of such Chapter. If the summons be not 
complied with, nor a sufficient reason given for non-compliance, 
such summons shall be repeated as a peremptory one, and 
if such last summons be not attended to, the offending Chapter 
or Companion may be suspended, and the proceeding notified to 
the Grand Chapter for further consideration, and punishment if 
deemed necessary. 

VI. The Grand Z. shall not be applied to officially concerning 
Royal Arch Companions or Masonry, except through the Grand 
Scribe E., or Grand Superintendents of Districts. But this 
shall not refer to the Grand Principals H. and J., who can 
communicate direct. 

VII. The Grand Z. has the sole power to grant dispensations ; 



32C> GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

except for public festivals or processions, authority for which 
may be granted by any of the Grand Principals or Grand 
Superintendents of Districts. 



OF GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DISTRICTS. 

I. This officer must be an installed First Principal or a Past 
First Principal, and a resident in the District for which he is 
appointed. 

II. He may preside in every Chapter he visits within his 
District, unless the Grand Principals, or either of them, be 
present; 

III. He may hear and determine any subject of Masonic 
complaint or irregularity respecting Chapters or individual 
Companions within his District, and may proceed to admonition, 
or to suspension. A minute of all such proceedings, stating the 
offence and the law applicable to it, together with his decision, 
is to be transmitted to the Grand Z., through the Grand Scribe 
E., and when the case is of so flagrant a nature, as in the judg- 
ment of the Grand Superintendent of the District to require the 
erasure of a Chapter, or the expulsion of a Companion, he shall 
make a special report to the Grand Chapter with his opinion 
thereon. His decision is final unless an appeal is made there- 
from to the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter. 

IV. He may summon any Chapter or Companion within his 
District to attend him, and may order the production of the 
warrant, books, papers and accounts of such Chapter. 

If the summons be not complied with, nor a sufficient reason 
given for non-compliance, a peremptory summons shall be issued ; 
and, in case of contumacy, he may suspend the offending Chapter 
or Companion, and shall report the case as before provided. 

V. All petitions for warrants must be recommended and duly 
signed by the Grand Superintendent of the District prior to their 
transmission to the Grand Scribe E., whose duty it shall be to 
see that such recommendation and signature are duly attached 
to each petition. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 18G5. 327 

VI. He shall transmit to the Grand Scribe E. at least fourteen 
days prior to each annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, a 
report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in his District, 
with a list of such Chapters as may have been constituted since 
the Last annual Convocation, for the information of the Grand 
Chapter. 

VII. He has power to give or refuse consent for the removal 
of a Chapter from place to place within his District, but not from 
bis District into another, nor from another District into his own 
without the sanction of the Grand Z. 

YIN. 1I< may grant dispensations for festivals or public 
proce - ion in his District. 

OF GRAND SCRIBES E. AND N. 

[. All ministerial duties usually known as appertaining, and 
all privileges attached to the office of Grand Scribe, are to be 
performed and enjoyed exclusively by the Grand Scribe E. 
His duties in the Grand Chapter being similar to those of a 
Grand Secretary of a Grand Lodge. 

II. The Grand Scribe N. shall assist the Grand Scribe E., 
during the business of the annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter, and temporarily perform his duties should the Grand 
Scribe E. be rendered incapable by sickness, absence from the 
Province or otherwise. 



OF GRAND PRINCIPAL SOJOURNER, TREASURER, REGISTRAR, 
FIRST AND SECOND ASSISTANT SOJOURNERS, SWORD BEARER, 
STANDARD BEARER, DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES, ORGANIST, 
PURSUIVANT, STEWARDS AND JANITOR. 

I. The duties of the above Officers of the Grand Chapter 
speak for themselves, except that the Grand Principal 
Sojourner, and his assistants, act in the Grand Chapter as Grand 
Deacons, and the Grand Janitor as Grand Tyler. 

II. The Grand First and Second Assistant Sojourners, Sword 
Bearer, Standard Bearer, Director of Ceremonies, Organist^ 



328 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA. 

Pursuivant and Stewards, must be Principals or Past Principals 
of some regular subordinate Chapter. 



OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. 

I. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Grand 
Principals, H. and J., the Grand Superintendents of Districts, 
and the Grand Scribes, (ex-officio members) and five other 
members of the Grand Chapter, to be elected annually t by ballot, 
immediately after the election and appointment of Grand Officers. 
The Committee may elect its own presiding Officer, and four 
members shall constitute a quorum for the despatch of business. 
The Committee may appoint Sub-Committees from amongst its 
members. 

II. In the absence of the presiding Officer, the chair shall be 
taken by the member highest in rank present. 

III. The Committee shall audit the accounts of the Grand 
Chapter and report thereon at the annual Convocation, and shall 
prepare an annual report on Foreign Correspondence for general 
information. 

IV. The Committee shall appoint a Committee on Credentials, 
and shall examine and report on all applications for warrants, 
and generally on all matters referred to it by the Grand Z. and 
Grand Chapter, and shall have the right of summoning any 
Chapter or Companion to attend and produce all books, papers 
and accounts belonging to them under penalty, on neglect or 
refusal, of being by said Committee, suspended and reported to 
the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter. 

V. All questions shall be decided by a majority of votes — the 
presiding Officer, in case of equality, having a casting vote. 

VI. The members of the Committee, when assembled on 
business, shall be in Royal Arch Clothing. 

VII. The Committee, shall proceed to the consideration of any 
special matter referred to it by the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter, 
in preference to other general business. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1 865. 329 

VIII. All transactions and resolutions of the Committee shall 
be entered in a minute-book by the Grand Scribe E. 

GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

I. The Grand Chapter of Canada has the sole government and 
superintendence of the several Royal Arch Chapters, and Lodges 
of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master Masons, within the 
Province ; with authority to assign the limits of the several 
Districts, and settle controversies that may happen between 
them ; and has power under the seal of the Grand Chapter, 
and the sign manual of the Grand Principals, attested by the 
Grand Scribe E., to constitute new Chapters of Royal Arch 
Masons, and Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master 
Masons, within the Province. 

II. The Grand Z. has the power and authority, whenever he shall 
deem it expedient, during the recess of the Grand Chapter to 
grant a Dispensation under his hand, and attested by the Grand 
Scribe E., under the seal of the Grand Chapter, upon the petition 
of nine regular registered Royal Arch Masons, empowering 
them to hold Chapters of Royal Arch Masons, and Lodges of 
Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master Masons, for a certain 
specified time, provided such does not extend beyond the next 
ensuing annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, when the 
Grand Chapter, may confirm the said Dispensation and grant 
the petitioners a Warrant of Constitution. 

III. No Charter or Dispensation shall be granted for instituting 
Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Masters; independent 
of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. 

OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

I. All legally constituted assemblies of Royal Arch Masons 
arc called Chapters, as regular bodies of Mark Masters, Past 
Masters and Most Excellent Masters are called Lodges. Every 
Chapter ought to assemble for work at least once in every three 
months, and shall consist of three Principals, two Scribes, three 



330 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Sojourners, and a Janitor, to which, for the better working of 
the Chapter, may be added other Officers. 

II. Every Chapter of Royal Arch Masons throughout this 
jurisdiction shall have a Warrant of Constitution from the Grand 
Chapter, and no Chapter shall be deemed legal without such 
Warrant, or a Dispensation from the Grand Z. The mode of 
application to be by petition, signed by nine regular and regis- 
tered Royal Arch Masons, specifying the place where it is 
intended to hold such Chapter, the day on which it is proposed 
to be holden, with the names of the three intended Principals, 
and such Warrant and Dispensation shall also give power to 
open and hold Lodges of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Masters. 

III. The petition is to be transmitted to the Superintendent 
of the District in which it is intended to hold the Chapter, for 
his recommendation or opinion. 

IV. Every Chapter shall be solemnly consecrated according 
to ancient custom, by one of the Grand Principals or Superin- 
tendents of Districts, or by some Present or Past First Principal 
of a Chapter. 

V. Every Chapter shall annually elect, by ballot, the First, 
Second and Third Principals, Scribes E. and N., Principal 
Sojourner and Treasurer, and, by an open vote of the Chapter, 
the Janitor. 

The First Principal shall annually appoint all the other officers 
required for the better working of his Chapter, who are, with the 
elective Officers, to be regularly installed and invested. 

VI. No Companion shall be elegible for the First Principal's 
chair, unless he be an installed Master or Past Master of a 
regular Lodge, nor until he has served in the second Principal's 
chair for twelve months, nor to the Second until he has served in 
the Third Principal's chair for twelve months, unless by special 
dispensation from the Grand First Principal. 

VII. All matters are to be decided by a majority of votes, 
except where a ballot is specially enacted. If the numbers on 
the ballot or a vote shall, in any case, be equal, the First 
Principal shall have the casting vote, or he may order a new 
ballot at his discretion. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 331 

VIII. A Register shall be kept by each Chapter of all 
Companions who shall be installed as First, Second and Third 
Principals ; and every Chapter shall return to the Grand Scribe 
E., the name of every Companion so installed, with the date of 
his installation, and shall also notify the Grand Scribe E., 
whenever any Companion who has been installed as First, Second 
and Third Principal, shall, from any cause whatever, cease to 
be a Member of the Chapter ; and no Companion shall take his 
seat in the Grand Chapter as a Principal, or Past Principal, until 
his name shall have been so registered. 

IX. The First Principal is responsible for the due observance 
of the laws relating to subordinate Chapters, and that all Returns 
are made, and Fees and Dues paid to Grand Chapter. He shall 
see that a book, or books be kept in which the Scribe E. shall 
enter the names of all Candidates, with the dates of their proposals 
and taking the Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, Most 
Excellent Master, and the Royal Arch, and their ages, residences 
and professions, together with all such other transactions of the 
Chapter as are proper to be written. 

X. The Principals of the Chapter for the time being shall be 
the Master and Wardens respectively of the Lodges of Mark, 
Past and Most Excellent Masters, and the other officers according 
to seniority. 

XI. The Officers and Companions, whilst in Chapter, shall 
wear the Insignia of the Order, according to their rank. 

XII. In case of the absence of the First Principal , his chair 
shall be taken by his immediate predecessor therein, or, in his 
absence, by the senior Past First Principal present, who shall 
discharge the duties of the Chapter. 

XIII. In case of Death or removal by Grand Chapter of a 
Principal of a Chapter, the Chapter shall proceed to elect a new 
Principal in his place, giving seven clear days' notice of such 
election to all the Members of the Chapter. And should a 
vacancy occur in any other office, the First Principal shall 
appoint a Companion to supply the place pro tempore. But no 
Officer can resign his office after he has been installed or invested, 

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332 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

nor can he be removed, except for cause which appears to the 
Chapter to be sufficient, to be ascertained by the votes of the 
majority of members present, on the complaint being laid before 
it by the First Principal after having been duly notified to the 
members in the summons, in which case another must be elected 
or appointed in his stead, as the case may be. This includes, 
the Janitors of Chapters. 

XIV. A Chapter of Emergency may at any time be called by 
summons, giving seven clear days' notice, by authority of the 
First Principal. The reason for calling it shall be expressed in 
the summons, and no other business than that specified shall be 
entered upon at that meeting. 

XV. Every Chapter shall, at least once in each year, make a 
return to the Grand Scribe E., specifying the names, ages, 
professions and residences, and the dates of exaltation of the 
Companions exalted, together with the dates of their taking the 
previous degrees of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master, and 
shall, at the same time, remit the registering Fee, and Fees for 
Grand Chapter Certificates, that may be due, and when any 
Companion, exalted in foreign parts, whose name is not previously 
registered in the books of the Grand Chapter, shall join a Chapter 
as a member.his name,age,professionand Chapter shall be likewise 
returned, and the same fee shall be paid as if he had been exalted 
in the Chapter which he may so join. The name of each 
Candidate must be included in the return as soon as he has 
received the degree of Mark Master, and the registering fee must 
be then remitted. The names also, of all Companions who may 
join from any other Chapter must be returned, and the Chapter 
in which they were exalted, specified. Every Mark Master 
must select his mark within six months from the date of his 
taking the degree, and a description of it shall be returned by 
his Chapter for record by the Grand Scribe E. 

XVI. No Chapter shall exalt a Mason to the Royal Arch 
degree, or admit a joining member, without strictly complying 
with the regulations enacted for those occasions. (See of 
proposing members.) 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE8COTT, 1865. 333 

XVII. No Mason shall be exalted to the Royal Arch degree 
unless he has been a Master Mason for three calendar months at 
least, of which he shall give proof, except by dispensation from 
the First Grand Principal, which shall not, however, be for a 
shorter period than four weeks. He must have taken the 
degrees of Mark, Past and Most Excellent Master previous to 
exaltation. 

XVIII. No Chapter shall confer the degrees of Mark Master, 
Past Master, Most Excellent Master and Royal Arch, upon any 
Brother for a less sum than twenty dollars, which sum must be 
paid before any of the degrees are conferred, and may include 
the fees to the Grand Chapter, for registry and certificate. The 
Companion who proposes a candidate is responsible to the 
Chapter for all fees payable by him, payment of which must not 
on any pretence be deferred, nor any part of them. This is not 
however to extend to serving Companions, who may be exalted 
free of fee or charge, provided that a Dispensation be obtained 
from the First Grand Principal. 

XIX. When any Companion from without the jurisdiction of 
the Grand Chapter of Canada, presents himself as a Royal Arch 
Mason, and produces satisfactory proof of his having been 
exalted to that degree, each and every Chapter shall have 
liberty to and may confer the degrees of Mark Master, Past 
Master and Most Excellent Master on such Companions, who 
have not heretofore received them, free of charge, except a Fee 
to Grand Chapter for registry and Certificate. 

XX. Every Chapter has the power to make such By-Laws as to 
them shall seem meet for their own private government, provided 
they be not incompatible with the general laws of the Craft, or 
the general statutes enacted by the Grand Chapter, and such 
By-Laws shall be fairly copied in a book to be kept for that 
purpose, after a copy thereof shall have been sent to the Grand 
Scribe E., for approval by the Grand Z., every Companion shall 
sign them as a token of submission to them, when he becomes a 
member. The regular days of meeting of the Chapter shall be 
specified in the By-Laws. 



334 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

XXI. Every Chapter shall keep a book or books, in which 
members shall sign their names before intering the Chapter, and 
also for visitors which shall contain their names, rank and 
Chapter from which they hail. The Janitor shall see that these 
entries are properly made. 

XXII. The precedency of a Chapter is derived from the * 
number of its Warrant, as recorded in the books of the Grand 
Chapter. If a Chapter be dissolved, its warrant, records and 
propert}*- shall be delivered up to the Grand Chapter. 

XXIII. If the majority of members quit a Chapter, the 
constitution or power of assembling exists with those remaining, 
provided their number be not less than nine, if less than nine, their 
Warrant ceases and becomes extinct — and all the authority 
thereby granted or enjoyed reverts to the Grand Chapter. 

XXIV. A Chapter or Companion offending against any law 
or regulation for which no specified penalty is enacted, shall be 
subject to admonition, or suspension, at the discretion of the 
Grand Z., the Grand Chapter, or the Grand Superintendent of 
the District. 

XXV. No Companion shall in any way make known or 
publish any proceedings of a Chapter without proper authority — 
nor violate the secrecy of the ballot under any circumstances ; 
under penalty of severe censure for a first offence, and for a 
second offence, of suspension from all his Royal Arch privileges. 

XXVI. Every Chapter has the power of inquiring into 
offences, and of suspending or excluding a member, but no 
Companion shall be suspended or excluded under any circum- 
stances, until he shall have had due notice of the charge or 
complaint preferred against him, and of the time appointed for 
its consideration, so that he may be present and be afforded 
every opportunity of defending himself, before a decision is 
rendered as to his guilt or otherwise. 

XXVII. The name of every Companion suspended or excluded 
together with the cause thereof, shall be sent to the Grand 
Scribe E., and also to the Grand Superintendent of the District; 
and notice of his restoration shall likewise be sent to these two 
officers. 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 335 

XXVIII. When a member has been suspended for non-pay- 
ment of* dues, he shall be immediately restored by the Chapter, 
without ballot, on payment of all arrears owing at the time of 
his suspension, and of the regular Chapter dues for the period 
he was so suspended. 

XXIX. The majority of the members of a Chapter, when 
congregated, have the privilege of giving instructions to their 
Principals, or other Representative, before the Convocation of 
Grand Chapter, because such Companions are their Representa- 
tives, and are supposed to speak their sentiments. 

XXX. Every Chapter shall be subject to erasure and forfeiture 
of its Charter of Constitution in either of the following cases : 

Ommitting to hold a Convocation of the Chapter for the space 
of two years. 

Neglecting to make any return required by the foregoing laws. 

Neglecting to register annually the names of all Companions 
exalted, and of those who have joined the Chapter. 

But no Chapter shall be erased under any circumstances until 
the Principals thereof shall have been duly summoned to show 
cause to the contrary to the Grand Chapter. 



OF PROPOSING MEMBERS. 

I. No Mason shall be advanced to the degrees of Mark 
Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master, and exalted to 
the Royal Arch degree until he has presented a petition 
recommended by two Companions, being members of the Chapter, 
and been regularly proposed at one Convocation of the Chapter, 
and a Committee has been appointed to enquire into his 
character, and his name, age, addition or profession, residence 
and Lodge shall have been sent to all the members of the Chapter 
in the summons fof the next Convocation — whether regular or 
emergent — when, if the Committee report in his favor, he may 
be balloted for, and if approved, admitted. But should the 
Committee report unfavorably, he shall be deemed a rejected 
candidate and subject to Article VI. 



336 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

II. All balloting for candidates as aforesaid must take place 
in the Royal Arch Degree. 

III. No Companion shall be admitted a Joining Member 
without a regular proposition at one Convocation of the Chapter, 
and unless and until his name, occupation, residence and Chapter 
shall have been sent to all the members in the summons for the. 
next regular Convocation, and their decision ascertained by ballot. 
He must give proof of his good standing, and be proposed and 
seconded by two members of the Chapter. 

IV. No Chapter shall admit a Candidate who resides in another 
District or within the jurisdiction of another Chapter, without 
the written consent, given by open vote, of such other Chapter, 
and signed by the First Principal and Scribe E. The jurisdiction 
of every Chapter except in cities and towns where there is more 
than one Chapter, extends between them half-way to the nearest 
Chapter, or to the boundary of the district. In such cities 
and towns Chapters have concurrent jurisdiction. 

V. No Candidate shall be admitted, or Companion received as 
a joining member, if on the ballot, two black balls appear against 
him. 

VI. No rejected Candidate can be again proposed and balloted 
for within twelve months of the time of his rejection. (See 
Article I.) 

VII. No Mason shall be exalted to the Royal Arch Degree, 
until he has received the Degrees of Mark Master, Past Master 
and Most Excellent Master. He must have been a Master 
Mason for three months, of which he shall give proof, except the 
period be shortened by Dispensation of the Grand Z. 



HONORARY MEMBERS. 

I. Chapters may elect any Companion an Honorary member, 
by an open vote of the Chapter. Due notice must be given at 
one Convocation, and the name be inserted in the summons for 
the next, whether regular or emergent. The Chapter must 
include all Honorary members, who were at the time of such 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 337 

election as such ordinary members, in its return,- to the Grand 
Chapter, and pay similar dues for them as for ordinary members. 

II. Honorary membership does not confer the right of voting, 
except it is so declared at the time of election, and then it can 
be conferred only on those who were ordinary members when 
so elected. 

III. Should such Honorary members, as at the time of their 
election were ordinary members, accept office in the Chapter, 
their Honorary membership ceases. Honorary members, who 
were not ordinary members, cannot, at the time of tnich election 
hold office in the Chapter. 



OF VISITORS. 

I. No visitor shall be admitted into a Chapter, unless he be 
personally known or recommended, or well vouched for, and 
until after due examination on his first visit, by two or more of 
the Companions present, and he shall have entered his name, 
residence and Chapter, together with his masonic rank, in a book 
to be kept by the Chapter for that purpose. The Janitor is to 
see that such entry is properly made. 

II. Visitors during their continuance in a Chapter, are subject 
to its By-Laws. 

III. No Companion residing in Canada, and not affiliated with 
some Chapter has a right to visit any Chapter in the town or 
place where he resides, more than once during the period of his 
non-affiliation. 

IV. The First Principal of every Chapter is particularly bound 
to enforce these regulations. 



OF THE CHAPTER SEAL. 

I. Every Chapter shall have a masonic Seal, to be affixed to 
all documents proper to be issued. An impression of it is to be 
sent to the Grand Scribe E. and Grand Superintendent of the 



338 GKAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

District, and if at any time the seal shall be changed, an 
impression of the new seal shall in like manner be transmitted. 






OF CERTIFICATES. 

I. Every Chapter shall procure for each Companion exalted 
therein, immediately upon his being registered in the books of 
the Grand Chapter, a Certificate under seal of the Grand Chapter, 
and signed by the Grand Scribe E. ; of such exaltation and 
registry, to be paid for by the Chapter. 

II. Every Companion must sign his name in the margin of 
his Certificate to make it valid, which should be done at the 
time of its delivery to him. 

III. Every return or document upon which, a Grand Chapter 
Certificate is to issue, must specify not only the date of exalta- 
tion, but also the dates when the Companion was advanced to 
the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent 
Master. 

IV. All applications for Grand Chapter Certificates must be 
made to the Grand Scribe E., and no Certificate can be issued 
until payment is made of the Fees for registry and Certificate. 

V. No Chapter shall grant a private Certificate to a Companion 
for any purpose, except to enable him to obtain a Grand Chapter 
Certificate, in which case it shall be specifically addressed tc 
the Grand Scribe E., and except also such Certificates as the 
Laws or Committees of Grand Chapter may sanction or require. 

VI. Whenever a Member of a Chapter shall give notice in 
writing of his desire to retire, or shall be excluded from mem- 
bership, or whenever at a future time he may require it, he shall 
be furnished with a Certificate, stating the circumstances under 
which he left the Chapter, and such Certificate is to be produced 
to any other Chapter of which he is proposed to be admitted a 
member, previous to the ballot being taken. No charge shall be 
made under any pretence for a private Certificate. 









1865. 339 



OF PUBLIC PROCESSIONS. 



I. No public procession or festival shall be allowed, without a 
Dispensation from one of the Grand Principals, or the Grand 
Superintendent of the District, except as to attending Masonic 
Funerals, the urgency of which may not admit of the delay 
necessary for procuring the Dispensation. 

II. If any Chapter or Companion shall attend any public 
procession (except a funeral) or festival, in Royal Arch clothing 
without a Dispensation, such Chapter and Companion shall be 
suspended, until the Grand Z. or Grand Chapter shall determine 
thereon, and such Companion shall be rendered incapable of ever 
after being an officer of a Chapter. This includes Janitors of 
Chapters. 

OF APPEAL. 

I. The Grand Chapter, when congregated, necessarily pos- 
sesses a supreme authority over, and the power of finally 
deciding on every case which concerns the benefit of Royal Arch 
Masonry, with its intermediate degrees. Any Chapter or 
Companion, therefore, which or who may feel aggrieved by the 
decision of any other authority, may appeal to the Grand 
Chapter against such decision, except it be that of the Grand Z. 
The appeal must be made in writing, specifying the particular 
grievance complained of, and be transmitted to the Grand Scribe 
E. A notice and copy of the appeal must also be sent by the 
appellant to the party against whose decision the appeal is 
made. 

II. No appeal will be received, unless made in proper and 
respectful language, and it must be sent to the Grand Scribe E., 
at least one month before the annual Convocation of Grand 
Chapter. And when appeal against a decision is made to the 
Grand Z., it must be sent to the Grand Scribe E., withiu one 
month after the date of the decision appealed against. 

III. Notice of the intention to appeal against a decision 
must always be given at the time the decision is made known. 



340 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

OF FEES. 

The following shall be the fees and dues payable to the Grand 
Chapter, and which must in every case, be sent to the Grand 
Scribe E. with the application or return to which they respec- 
tively relate, and for which every First Principal of a 
Chapter is responsible : — 

For a Dispensation for a new Chapter $40 00 

For a Warrant of Confirmation of do 10 00 

For a Warrant of Constitution for a New Chapter .... 50 00 
For a new do., to replace loss by fire or otherwise, pro- 
perly certified 10 00 

For every other Dispensation 1 00 

For a Grand Chapter Certificate 2 00 

For do., for all or either of the intermediate degrees, 

when applied for distinct from exaltation 1 00 

For registry of the name of every Candidate for 

exaltation 1 00 

This is to be paid in every instance as soon as a Brother has 

received the degree of Mark Master Mason. 

For registry of a Companion joining a Chapter whose 

name has been previously registered 50 

For registry and Certificate of the intermediate degrees 
conferred on Companions joining from another juris- 
diction 2 00 

For ever member of a Chapter, except for the year of 
his first becoming one, and payable at the annual 
Convocation of Grand Chapter, — (per annum) 20 



REGALIA. 

I. The following clothing and insignia shall be worn, and no 
Companion shall on any pretence, be admitted into the Grand 
Chapter, or any subordinate Chapter, without his proper clothing. 

No honorary or other jewel or emblem shall be worn which 
shall not appertain to, or be consistent with those degrees which 
are recognized and acknowledged by the Grand Chapter. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 341 

II. The apron is to be of white lamb-skin, or white kid-skin, 
from fourteen to sixteen inches wide, and from twelve to fourteen 
inches deep, with an indented crimson and purple border two 
inches wide, the crimson part pointing to the centre of the apron, 
the border of the flap or lappet to be only one inch wide, in the 
centre of the flap is to be a triangle of silk or satin, surrounded 
with gold border, and within the triangle three taus, united in 
gold spangled embroidery, and two gold tassels are to be sus- 
pended by ribbons two inches wide, coming from under the flap. 
The aprons of the Present and Past Officers of the Grand 
Chapter, and Principals and Past Principals of subordinate 
Chapter are to be trimmed with gold lace. 

III. The silk or satin ground of the triangle, the lining and 
strings of the apron, and the ribbon suspending the tassels, for 
the Present and Past Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter shall 
be purple ; for Principals and Past Principals of subordinate 
Chapters, crimson ; and for all other Companions, white. 

IV. The apron of a Mark Master is to be of the same material 
and size as for the Royal Arch, bordered by a light blue ribbon 
with crimson edges, and having three rosettes of the same ribbon 
one on the flap and one at each lower corner. The owner's mark 
may be represented on the centre within a circle surrounded by 
the letters H. T. W. S. S. T. K. S. 

V. The jewel of office worn by the Present and Past Officers, 
of the Grand Chapter, is to be suspended by a collar of three 
colors, viz : purple, crimson and pale blue, four inches wide. 

VI. The jewel of office^worn by the Principals and Officers, 
and also by Past Principals of subordinate Chapters, is to be 
suspended by a crimson collar, four inches w r ide, 

VII. The aprons, collars, and jewels of Officers of Lodges of 
Mark Masters, Past Masters and Most Excellent Masters, which 
are not independent bodies, may be thos'e of the Chapter 
according to rank, and Companions may wear their Royal Arch 
clothing therein. 

VIII. The medal of the Order is to be worn on the left breast, 
suspended according to the rank of the Companion, by a narrow 



342 GRAND CHAPTEK OF CANADA. 

ribbon, two inches wide, as follows ; Present and Past Officers 
of the Grand Chapter, tricolor, corresponding with the collar ; and 
the Principals and Past Principals of all subordinate Chapters, 
crimson, also corresponding with the collar ; all jewels of this 
order are to be gold or gilt. The other Officers of subordinate 
Chapters, and all other Companions, white. 

IX. The jewel of a Mark Master is to be in the form of a key- 
stone. On the front the owners mark or device is to be engraved 
within a circle with the letters round it, H. T. W. S. S. T. K. S. 
On the reverse side may be the owner's name and that of his 
Chapter, with the date of his advancement. The jewel should be 
a white cornelian stone, but may be of gold or silver or mother- 
of-pearl, and suspended by a narrow light blue ribbon with 
crimson edges. 

X. Grand and Past Grand Officers wear a tri-color sash, with 
gold fringe or bullion at the ends ; all other Companions are to 
wear the usual sash of the order with silk fringe at the ends ; 
but Principals and Past Principals of subordinate Chapters may 
wear gold fringe, or bullion instead of silk. 

The following are recognized degrees as defined by Grand 
Chapter, viz ; Entered Apprentice — Fellow Craft and Master 
Mason — Mark Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master — 
Royal Arch, and Masonic Knights Templar, and Knight of Malta. 



ROBES. 

First Grand and First Principal, Z. • 
A crimson robe trimmed with ermine. 

Second Grand and Second Principal, H. 

A purple robe. 

Third Grand and Third Principal, J. 
A blue robe. 

Scribes E. and N., the Principal Sojourner and his Assistants ; 
Pursuivant and Janitors of Grand and subordinate Chapters, 
White robes. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865, 343 



JEWELS. 

First Grand Principal, Z. 

A Crown irradiated, between the legs of a pair oi' compasses, the points 
resting on a triple triangle. 

Second Grand Principal, H. 

The All-seeing eye irradiated, between the legs of a pair of compasses, 
the points resting on a triple triangle. 

Third Grand Principal, J. 

The Volume of the Sacred Law irradiated, between the legs of a pair 
of compasses, the points resting on a triple triangle. 

Past Grand Principals, 

The Jewel appertaining to their respective offices, in a circle. 

Grand Superintendent of Districts, 

A small Triangle irradiated, in a double triangle enclosed within a 

circle, on a triangle. 

Past Grand Superintendents of Districts, 

The same Jewel, omitting the small triangle irradiated. 

Grand Scribes E. and N. 

Cross Pens, with a tie within a triangle. 

Principal Sojourners of Grand and subordinate Chapters, 
A Square irradiated, within a triangle. 

Assistant Sojourners of Grand and subordinate Chapters, 
A square, within a triangle, not irradiated 

Grand Treasurer, 

A Key, within a triangle. 

Grand Registrar, 

A Scroll, on a Pen, within a triangle. 

Grand Sword Bearer, 

Cross Swords, with a Tie, within a triangle. 

Grand Standard Bearer, 

A Standard with a Triple Tau in the centre, within a triangle. 

Grand Director of Ceremonies, 

Cross Wands within a Wreath, within a triangle. 



344 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Grand Organist, 

A Harp within a triangle. 

Grand Pursuivant. 

Cross Swords and Wand, with a Coat of Arms, within a triangle. 

Grand Stewards, 
A Triangle. 

Grand Janitor, 
A Sword. 

Past Grand Officers, 

The Jewel appertaining to their respective officers set in a circle 
except Past Grand Superintendents. 

SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS. 

First Principal, Z. 

A Crown irradiated within a triangle. 

Second Principal, H, 

An All-Seeing Eye irradiated, within a triangle. 

Third Principal, J. 

The Volume of the Sacred Law irradiated, within a triangle. 

Past Principals, 

The same within a circle. 

Officers of subordinate Chapters, 

The emblems appertaining to their office, as in Grand Chapter, 
within a triangle. 



FORMS. 



Application for a Warrant of Constitution. 

To the Most Excellent Grand Principals, and the Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

WE, the undersigned, being regular Royal Arch Masons, 
registered Members of the Chapters mentioned against our 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 18G5. 345 

respective names, pray for a Warrant of Constitution, empowering 
us to meet as a regular Chapter at to be called on the 

day of and there to discharge the duties of Royal Arch 
Masonry in a constitutional manner, according to the Forms of 
the Order, and the Rules and Regulations of the Grand Chapter ; 
and we have nominated and do recommend Companion 
to be First Principal, Z., Compauion to be Second 

Principal, H., Companion to be Third Principal, J. 

The prayer of this Petition being granted, we promise strict 
conformity to the Ancient Landmarks of the Order, and the Rules 
and Regulations of the Grand Chapter. 

Dated at, &c, &c. 

[To be signed by at least nine R. A. Masons.] 



Application for Exaltation. 



To the Excellent 

The Principals, Officers and Companions of the Chapter 

of Boyal Arch Masons, No. 

The undersigned, a Master Mason, and Member of 



Lodge, No. under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of 

respectfully offers himself as a candidate for advancement 

to the degrees of Mark Master, Past Master, and Most Excellent 
Master, and exaltation to the supreme degree of the Holy Royal 

Arch in Chapter No. -. Should his petition be granted 

he promises a cheerful compliance with all the forms and usages 
of the order. 

Dated at, &c, &c. (Signed). A. B. 

Recommended by 

C. D. . (Residence), . 

E. F. . (Profession), . 



346 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA, 

Application for Membership. 



To the Excellent 

The Principals, Officers and Companions of the -Chapter, 

of Royal Arch Masons, No, 

I, of the of [profession or addition] aged , 



being a Royal Arch Mason, am desirous of becoming a member 
of the Chapter, No . 

I was exalted in Chapter, No. — — , and was last a Member 

of Chapter, No. , from which I retired in good standing. 

Dated at, &c, &c. 
Recommended by 



^ ) 



Certificate of withdrawal from a Chapter. 

To all Royal Arch Masons to whom these presents shall come 

Greeting : 

This is to certify that Companion -, who hath signed 

his name in the margin hereof is a regular Royal Arch Mason in 
good standing at this date, and is, at his own request, regularly 

discharged from Membership in the Chapter, No. , under 

the jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of . 

Given under my Hand and the Seal of the Chapter at 

A — , &c 

By order, (Signed), A. B. 

Scribe E. 



Proxy for a Chapter appointmg its Delegate to Grand Chapter. 
This is to Certify, 

That at a — — • Convocation of the Chapter, No. 



held on the — — day of A.L., Companion was 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PEESOOTT, 1 865. 347 

delegated to represent the said Chapter at the Annual Convo- 
cation of Grand Chapter, to be held at , on the day of 

, A. L., , and there to perform any and all acts which 

could be done by the duly qualified Officers of the said Chapter 
were they personally present ; promising to ratify and confirm 
all that the said Delegate may lawfully do under such authority. 

Given under our hands and the Seal of the Chapter 

at &c. 



(Seal.) First Principal Z. 

Scribe E. 

It was moved by K. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, seconded 
by K. E. Comp. Charles D. Macdonnell, and resolved — 

That the Constitution, as finally read, be now adopted 
and the same confirmed. 



The following is a report from the Grand Superinten- 
dent of the 

WILSON DISTRICT. 

To the M. E. the Grand Council, Officers and Companions of the 
Grand Royal Chapter of Canada .- 

In compliance with the regulation of Grand Chapter, I beg 
to submit a brief report of the state of R. A. Masonry in the 
Wilson District. The number of Chapters in this District has 
not increased since my last report, there being but three. Of 
these the "Oxford" Chapter, at Woodstock, is in a highly 
prosperous state, the officers being strongly imbued with a love 
of our order have spared no pains in qualifying themselves for 
conducting the work in the most approved manner, and being 
well sustained by the Companions and Brethren, have attained 
a high state of efficiency. 



348 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The " Mount Horeb " Chapter, at Brantford, being under my 
own guidance perhaps I should not say more than that we are 
progressing steadily and striving to acquit ourselves creditably. 

The " Ezra " Chapter, at Simcoe, has done no work during the 
past year ; the principal officers having been called away on. 
duty no meetings were held, I have pleasure in stating however, 
that this Chapter has been lately re-organized by Dispensation 
from the Grand Z., under officers of energy and zeal, and I feel 
assured will soon recover its former prosperity. 



All which is most respectfully submitted, 



D. CURTIS, 

G. Supt., W. D. 



The Special Committee to whom was referred the 
M. E. Z.'s address, submitted the following 



KEPORT. 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Council and Excellent Companions 
in Grand Convocation assembled. 

The Special Committee on the Annual address of the M. E. Z. 
beg respectfully to submit the following report. 

Your Committee have great pleasure in congratulating the 
M.E.Z. on the harmony of action and the cordial good will which 
has rendered the responsible duties of his high position so 
comparatively light and pleasant during the past year. 

Your Committee are glad to learn that our subordinate Chapters 
are on the increase, and continue their work in harmony so that 
a discordant sound has not for the year past, reached Grand 
Chapter. It is further most gratifying to observe that our 
relations with Sister Grand Bodies are of the most amicable 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 349 

nature, as is clearly evinced by the printed proceedings in the 
hands of the Grand Scribe E., and they trust the same friendly 
intercourse may ever continue. 

Your Committee highly appreciate the prudence with which 
the M. E. Z. has exercised the dispensing power in filling the 
Offices of Principals of subordinate Chapters, and hope with him 
that the time is not far distant when by the increase of properly 
qualified members, these now called for departures from 
constitutional regulations will be found les* and less necessary. 

Your Committee deeply sympathize and unite with the M.E.Z. 
in the expression of regret for the great loss the Province has 
sustained in the death of the late Premier, Sir E. P. Tache, as also 
the losses which have been sustained by Royal Arch Masonry 
during the past year, thereby dotting the Royal Craft with badges 
of mourning- and sorrow ; they earnestly hope that the sentiments 
so feelingly embodied by the M. E. Z. for the departed, may be 
realized in the, they trust, far off future of every Companion, when 
called to pass that dark bourne from whence no traveller returneth. 

Your Committee fully enter into the pleasurable feelings with 
which the M. E. Z. makes mention of the additional comfort and 
happiness afforded by the birth of a Prince to our Most Gracious 
Queen and her Illustrious children, who are all so justly dear to 
every British subject. Your Committee rejoice likewise with the 
M. E. Z. at the cessation of the sad and unnatural warfare, that 
has been desolating happy homes, and entailing miseries and 
wretchedness upon their inmates for several years past. 

In conclusion, your Committee reciprocate the desire expressed 
by the M. E. Z. for the future interest of Capitular masonry and 
in the name of Grand Chapter tender to him its most hearty 
congratulations and earnest desire for his own future personal 
health, strength and prosperity. 

All which is respectfully submitted. 

JOHN CLARKE. 
EDWARD JOHN BARKER. 
JAMES SEYMOUR. 



350 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

It was moved by M. E. Comp. J. C. Franek, seconded 
by E. E. Comp. W. B. Simpson, and resolved — 

That the report of the Committee on the M. E. Z.'s 
address, be received and adopted. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the reports 
of the Grand Superintendents of Districts, submitted the 
following 

REPORT. 

The Committee to whom were referred the consideration of 
matters contained in the reports of the Grand Superintendents, 
beg leave to submit the following : 

There have been laid before them reports from the London, 
Hamilton, Central, Montreal and the Eastern Townships Districts. 

It is gratifying to learn that the Chapters throughout the 
Province appear to be all working with that unanimity which so 
eminently characterizes our Ancient Order, and it is probably 
more a matter of congratulation than otherwise, that their 
number is not increasing faster than is really required by the 
wants of the Companions, only one new Chapter having been 
noticed in the reports before your Committee as having been 
erected during the year now closed. 

Your Committee are glad to observe a handsome set of Banners 
in Grand Chapter, the property of the Chapters of the City of 
Hamilton, the presence of which, at this Convocation, has afforded 
the representatives in attendance an opportunity to inspect them, 
as they are in every respect worthy of commendation. 

Your Committee regret to record the removal from among us 
by death, of Right Excellent Companion William Bellhouse, 
of Hamilton, who assisted at the formation of Grand Chapter, 
and for several years held the office of Grand Treasurer. 



The question of rightly carrying out the details of work by 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 351 

private Chapters as directed by Grand Chapter, both at its last 
annual session and previously, has been referred to in one of 
the reports before your Committee, it is recommended that the 
Grand Superintendents be directed to enforce strictly upon 
every Chapter the necessity of complying with the commands 
of Grand Chapter in this respect, and in the event of neglect 
or refusal on the part of any Chapter within their several 
jurisdictions to obey such command, to report the same to the 
M. E. Z., so soon as such neglect or refusal becomes known to 
them. 

Your committee heartily sympathize with Excellent Comp. 
Milo, of Kingston, referred to by the G. Sup. for the Central 
District, who has had the misfortune at an advanced age to be 
suddenly deprived of all his property by fire, and recommend 
that the case may be taken up by Grand Chapter, with the view 
of affording such alleviation as may be in its power to bestow. 

All which is respectfully submitted, 

S. D. FOWLER, 

Chairman. 

It was moved by R. E. Comp. James Seymour, seconded 
by It. E. Comp. Thomas McCraken, and resolved — 

That the report of the Committee on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry be received and adopted. 

The Special Committee on Audit and Finance submitted 
the following 

REPORT. 

To the Most Excellent Council, 

The Committee appointed to audit the accounts, &c, have 
examined the books, vouchers, &c, of the Grand Scribe E. and 
the Grand Treasurer, and find the same to be -correct. 



352 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The following accounts have been laid before them, which 
they have recommended to be paid : 

T. & K. White, for Printing Annual proceedings, &c., $89 25 

John Ellis, for Printing Certificates 52 00 

The Grand Scribe E.— incidental Expenses 39 49 

$180 74 

Your Committee find that there has been received on account 
of Grand Chapter since the date of the last audit report, the sum 
of $484 40, which with the balance in the Grand Treasurer's 
hand of $19 74, giving a total of $504 14. 

The disbursements for the same period have been $466 42, 
leaving a balance in the Grand Treasurer's hands of $37 72. 

All of which is most respectfully submitted, 

HENRY A. SIMS. 
THOMAS MILTON. 
GEO. M. WILKINSON. 

Prescott, 8th August, 1865. 



It was moved by K.E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, seconded 
by E. Comp. John Clarke, and resolved — 

That the report of the Committee on Audit and Finance 
be received and adopted. 

In accordance with notice given, 

It was moved by E.E. Comp. L. H. Henderson, seconded 
by E. E. Comp. E. J. Barker, 

That the next Annual Convocation be held at St. 
Catharines. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 353 
In amendment, 

It was moved by V. E. Comp. Wm. M. Jamieson, 
seconded by E. Comp. H. A. Sims, 

That the City of Ottawa be the next place of meeting of 
Grand Chapter. 

A ballot having been taken, it was declared to be in 
favor of St. Catharines. 

The ballots for the elective Grand Officers, to serve for 
the ensuing Masonic year, were passed, and the following 
Companions were declared duly elected, viz : 

M. E. Comp. T. Douglas Harington, re-elected Grand Z. 



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354 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The M. E. Z. has been pleased to make the following 
appointments to office for the ensuing year : 



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The Grand Chapter proceeded to ballot for five members 
of the Executive Committee for the ensuing year, with the 
following result : 

M.E. Comp. John C. Franck, K.E. Comp. E. J. Barker, 
E. E. Comp. James Moffatt, and E. Comps. H. A. Sims 
and John Clarke. 

It was moved by E. Comp. John Clarke, seconded by 
E. Comp. H. A. Sims, and resolved — 

That the M.E.Z. receive particulars having reference to 
the causes which have plunged a worthy member of a 
Chapter, in Kingston, into distressed circumstances, that 
the same may be forwarded to the various Chapters in the 
Province, with the view of obtaining for him some 
substantial relief. 

The M. E. Z. installed and invested the elected officers 
present, who were proclaimed with the usual masonic 
forms. 



RIGHTH ANNUAL CON VOCATION, PEEScOTT, 180."). 

The M.E.Z. directs that each Companion elected OJ 
appointed to office, Dot presenting himself for installation 
or investiture, is to be installed or invested in the Chaptei 
of which he is a member. 

The business of Grand Chapter being ended, the rough 
minuti u re read and approved. 

The Grand Chapter was closed in JUuJjte form 

ATTEST. 




S=^„_Ptf.£.<g. 



356 GEAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 



REPORT ON FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE. 



IN pursuance of their pleasing duty of preparing another 
annual report on Foreign Correspondence, your Committee have 
perused proceedings from the following Grand Chapters : — 



1. Scotland 1865 

2. California 1864 

3. Connecticut 1864 

4. Illinois 1864 

5. Indiana 1865 

6. Iowa 1864 

7. 'Kentucky 1864 

" 1865 

8. Louisiana 1865 

9. Maine 1864 



9. Maine 1865 

10. Maryland 1864 

11. Massachusetts .. 1864 

12. Michigan 1864 

" 1865 

13. Missouri 1864 

14. New Hampshire. 1864 

15. New York 1864 

" 1864 

16. Vermont 1864 



There remain 19 other Grand Chapters in fraternal correspon- 
dence with the Grand Chapter of Canada, from whom tidings 
have not been received, viz. : — England, Ireland, Alabama, 
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, 
North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode 
Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Your 
Committee trust that ere another year rolls round, many if not all 
of these will be heard from, and the tongue of good report 
proclaim aloud their enduring prosperity. 

Your Committee are much gratified to find, from the hasty 
perusal they have been enabled to give the various proceedings 
in their hands, that a most healthy and satisfactory tone prevails 
throughout ; steady advancement being perceptible, and perfect 
harmony reigning within their borders. The guiding principle 
of each seems to be, who shall best promote those lofty, human- 
ising and ennobling virtues taught within our temples ; and 
while this spirit exists, there need be no fear of the continued 
triumph of Masonry's God-like tenets over the wilder and baser 
passions of depraved nature. 



EIGITTII ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 180/). 357 

The fiery ordeal through which our Companions in the neigh- 
boring States have been called to pass, has indeed been a frying 
one ; and as (hey received our heartfelt sympathy in their season 
of affliction, so now we extend to them our sincere congratulations 
on the happy return of peace. War's devastations having ceased 
Companions North and South, as members of the same mystic 
family, can once more exchange their fraternal greetings, and 
mingle with each other as in the past, their mutual feelings of 
friendly solicitude and good will. Happily throughout the 
unnatural struggle, Masonry exercised a sacred power and a 
benign influence that perhaps its most ardent supporters could 
scarcely have anticipated, in view of the merciless rancour too often 
shown. That influence will now tend in a great degree to bind 
those cherished principles still closer to their hearts, and give 
them greater confidence in the stability and truth of its venerated 
and immutable teachings. 

While pursuing their analysis, your Committee have perceived 
many subjects discussed by sister Grand Chapters of more than 
passing interest to the Royal Craft in Canada. These it has 
been their endeavour to epitomise and present for reflection in as 
brief and intelligible a manner as possible. Should the repro- 
duction of these topics be conducive to local information, your 
Committee will feel more than repaid for the attention devoted 
to them ; and should an increased interest in the advancement 
of Capitular Masonry follow, it will be a source of extreme 
pleasure that so desirable a consummation ensues from their 
humble labors. 

Without further digression, your Committee herewith submit 
their report, beginning with an interesting synopsis from the 
proceedings of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 



SCOTLAND. 

The Annual Reporter from this Supreme Grand Chapter covers 
the year from 31st March, 18G4, to the same date, 1SG5. It 
presents a valuable compendium of information on the condition of 



358 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Royal Arch Masonry in all Chapters under the jurisdiction of 
Scotland. Six new Chapters received warrants during the year, 
and a dormant one was revived. There are 104 Chapters 
ou the roll, of which 32 are reported dormant or defunct. 

At the quarterly Committee meeting held June 15, 1864, the- 
G. S. E. presented a copy of last proceedings of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada, for which thanks were voted. At the same 
meeting R. E. Comp. Wm. Hay, tendered his resignation as 
representative of the Grand Chapter of Scotland at this Grand 
Chapter, owing to his leaving Canada permanently to reside in 
Edinburgh. The resignation was accepted with regret, and a 
vote of thanks given for past services. The G. S. E. was alse 
instructed <c to request the Grand Chapter of Canada to furnish 
the names of three Companions, from whom the Supreme Grand 
Chapter may select one to be their representative." 

A Companion of a Scotch Chapter having been refused 
admission into an English one, a correspondence ensued, which 
resulted in the following explanation from the Grand Chapter of 
England, which was accepted as satisfactory : — 

"That a fraternal communication be made to the Grand 
Chapter of Scotland, to the effect that this Grand Chapter justly 
recognises the right of all regularly exalted E. A, Masons, 
holding under the Grand Chapter of Scotland, to admission into 
any English Chapter, when duly open for work, provided the 
regulations laid down in the Constitution are complied with. 
That this Grand Chapter would not only exceedingly regret that 
any Scotch or other regularly exalted R. A. Mason should be 
refused admission into an English Chapter, but would visist with 
its severe displeasure any subordinate Chapter which should 
refuse admission to any such R. A. Mason who was personally 
known to, recommended, or well vouched for, after due examina- 
tion by one of the Companions present. That this Grand Chapter 
believes that the visiting Companion in question did not exhibit 
his certificate, or so comply with the regulations regarding visitors 
as to justify the Companions present in admitting him, hence 
the refusal." 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 18G5. o5».) 

An interchange of representatives having been sought by tin 
Grand Chapter of Scotland, the English Grand body thus explains 
why the proposal cannot be complied with : — 

" That as regards an interchange of representatives, this Grand 
Chapter desires to explain, that in England the Holy Royal Arch 
is considered as supplemental to and forming the completion of 
the Master Mason's degree, and that consequently all interchange 
of representatives between the supreme Masonic authority in 
England and other countries, has been and is confined to the 
Grand Lodge ; and this Grand Chapter having no representative 
at or from any other Grand Chapter, is of opinion that it would 
be undesirable at present to depart from its usual practice." 

A lengthy Committee report is given " with reference to the 
status and position of the degree of Mark Master in England 
and Wales, especially in connection with its working under the 
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Masters of England, 
Wales, and the Colonies and possessions of the British Crown." 
This report arises from the application of the so called Grand 
Lodge of Mark Masters for recognition by the Grand Chapter of 
Scotland as the head of the order in England, though it is 
ignored by the Grand Chapter and Grand Lodge of thai country. 
After narrating a variety of historical facts connected with the 
working of the Mark degree in symbolic Lodges, from time 
immemorial down to 185G, when the Grand Mark Lodge was 
formed: the report states that the Grand Chapter and Grand 
Lodge of Scotland appointed joint committees to place the degree 
on a proper footing, which they did in a ieri< <■■ r< olutions still 
in force, as follows : — 

"1; That all Lodges under the Grand Lodge of Scotland ball 
be allowed to work the Mark degree in virtue <>< 1ii»- charters 
they already possess. 2. That to prevent confusion with 
brethren belonging to Lodges out of this kingdom, or with sister 
Grand Lodges, this degree, although held to be a. Becond part of 
the F. C degree, shall only be conferred on Master Masons, 
and the Secrete shall only l)e eommunicated in presence of those who 
have taken it either from a Lodge or Chapter entitled to graft! i? 

3. That iho Grand Lodg<- ind Grand Chapter <>f Scotland 



360 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

shall adopt the same ritual in conferring the degree, being that 
now adjusted by their respective committees. 4. That any 
candidate applying for the R.A. degree, if he has received the 
Mark in a regular Lodge, shall not be required to take it a 
second time from the Chapter in which he seeks admission ; but 
if he has not received it, he shall be obliged to take it from the 
Chapter. 5. That in the R. A. degrees, the Mark shall be 
reckoned as the fourth degree in Masonry. 6. That nothing in 
these regulations shall interfere with the superintendence over 
Mark Masonry out of Scotland, claimed by the Grand Chapter, 
or with Lodges holding of it in England or abroad." 

The report further states, " that the Mark degree, whether 
viewed, separately or as a part of the F. C. degree, is now recog- 
nized and worked in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and all the 
Grand Lodges and Chapters of the United States, England being 
the only country in which the English language is spoken where 
the degree is not recognized, either by Grand Lodge or 
Chapter." The position assumed by England in relation to 
this degree, is thus set forth : — 

" In England the working of the Mark degree has been more or 
less in abeyance, its estimation varying according to circumstan 
ces. In the colonies much difficulty has arisen from the establish- 
ment of Lodges under different jurisdictions, some recognizing 
the degree and others ignoring it. To remedy this state of things, 
and to restore the degree to its rightful position in the Masonic 
system, an attempt was made to obtain its recognition by the 
Grand Lodge of England, and a joint committee of members of 
that Grand Lodge and of the Grand Chapter was appointed to 
investigate and report upon the subject. The committee reported 
the Mark degree as in their opinion not positively essential, but a 
graceful appendage to the F.C. degree, which report was appro- 
ved by the M. W. G. M., and unanimously adopted by Grand 
Lodge in March, 1856. At the ensuing Quarterly Meeting, 
on special motion, duly proposed and seconded, that portion of 
the previous minutes referring to the Mark degree was non-con- 
firmed, and the status in quo ante was resumed." 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TRESOOTT, 18G5. 361 

In this position of affaire, the committee did not feel justified 
in recommending tlic recognition of the Grand Mark Lodge, or 
the recall of the Mark "Warrants issued by the Grand Chapter 
of Scotland, But they urged that steps be taken to secure the 
concurrence of the Grand Chapter and Lodge of England in 
placing the Mark degree upon the same footing as it is in Ireland, 
Scotland, Canada and America. Should the Grand bodies of 
England agree to this, the committee express their willingness 
to cancel the Mark Warrants issued by their Grand Chapter, 
which would in effect remove the cause for the existence of the 
so-called Grand Mark Lodge. 

The report was adopted, and a memorial prepared as 
suggested, to the Grand Chapter and Lodge of England, " hoping 
that some arrangement may be made which will have the effect 
of bringing about a similarity of working in the two countries, 
which, from their close proximity, is much to be desired ; and 
that in this way the proper place may be assigned to the Mark 
degree in the degrees of Masonry." Copies of this memorial 
arc also to be sent to the Grand Chapters and Lodges of Ireland 
and Canada, and to all Scotch Mark Lodges. 

Your Committee sincerely trust that the action of the Grand 
Chapter of ScotlaniF in relation to the Mark degree may prove 
Buccessful, as no good reason can be assigned for continuing the 
uiamolous position in which it is now placed in England. 

Most E. Comp. J. Whyte Melville was re-elected G. Z., and 
K. E. Comp. Lindsay Mackersy, G. S. E. 

CALIFORNIA. 

The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of California 
w&a commenced in the Masonic Temple, San Francisco, on the 
6th October, 1864— M. E. Comp. E. II. Van Decar, G. H. P., 
presiding, and Lawrence C. Owen, Grand Secretary. Represen- 
tatives were present from twenty-nine of the thirty-four Chapters 
working under the jurisdiction. 

The opening address of the Grand High Priest was brief, but 
to the point ; reviewing in glowing terms the progress of. 
Capitular Masonry within the Stale during his term of office. 
After returning thanks to Him who doeth all things well, for 



362 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

blessings and bounties bestowed upon them, he thus appropriately 
alludes to the responsibilities devolving upon representatives at 
Grand Convocations : 

" These constantly recurring periods which the rules of repre- 
sentative bodies assign for themselves, and at which they meet 
in Convocation to exercise those powers confided to them, are 
fraught with a responsibility that is not always appreciated by the 
actors ; not that they are unmindful of the duty they owe to 
those who clothed them with delegated authority, but that, in 
the exercise of their privileges, they too often forget that the 
laws and landmarks, which have been the result of the wisdom 
of centuries, are immutable, and that the progressive character of 
the present age is not always conducive to the welfare of the 
human race. History will devote to the present period an 
important page. In many things, its dark actions will be 
told by the same pen that records the deeds of its heroes ; 
and thul, our Order will not be conspicuous therein, is in 
consequence of its most venerable characteristics being 
remembered ; for by adhering to that conservatism which should 
always be observed by its votaries, and which has preserved it 
through decades of centuries, and convulsions of kingdoms and 
empires, we are permitted to assemble and kneel around our 
sacred altar, and invoke the blessings of the great I AM. Our 
relations to Capitulary Masonry, and to our Companions, are 
most important. The voluntary ties and obligations assumed by 
us should be ever present in our minds. We have knelt at the 
holy altar of the inner Temple, — the Sanctum Sanctorum of 
Ancient Free Masonry — and there received those exemplary 
lessons of morality and benevolence which never should be lost 
sight of. A frequent recurrence to the sublime principles we 
profess, cannot fail to inculcate and enforce an abiding line of 
virtue and practical beneficence." 

A complaint was preferred against " Sacremcnto" Chapter, 
No. 3, for conferring degrees upon four candidates residing within 
the territorial limits of " Delta " Chapter No. 27, without 
permission. The offending Chapter was ordered to pay to the 
aggrieved one all monies received from the candidates for 
degrees so conferred. 



eigiitii annual convocation, prescott, 1865. 3G3 

The finances appear iu a very healthy state, the receipts of 
the year being $3,309.04, against an expenditure of $3,152.97 — 
surplus, $156.07. The total membership of the 34 Chapter.- is 
given at 12SS ; exaltations, 146 ; deaths, 21 ; excluded, 13. 

The Report on Foreign Correspondence is very cleverly 
drawn up, reflecting much credit on the judgment and ability of 
Comp. L. C. Owen, as Chairman. The entire proceedings also 
partake of a carefulness in compilation and typographical 
neatness that is truly meritorious. 

The commendable custom prevails in this Grand Chapter of 
having portraits of all Past Grand High Priests taken, and 
preserved with its property and records. 

M. E. Companion Isaac Davis was elected Grand High Priest, 
and R. E. Companion L. C. Owen, re-elected Grand Secretary. 

CONNECTICUT. 

The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held at 
the Teinple, City of New Haven, on the 10th of May, 1864, 
R. E. Companion, E. G. Storer, Grand Secretary. There were 22 
subordinate Chapters represented, out of 27 on the roll ; members 
affiliated, 1926 ; exaltations, 167 ; died, 45 ; total receipts, $500. 
Franklin Chapter No. 2, New Haven, returned 228 members. 

The Grand High Priest delivered a very interesting and 
eloquently written address, in which he rapturously depicts the 
tranquil prosperity vouchsafed to Capitular Masonry within his 
bounds during his official term. He says " a fair amount of work 
has been done, and although the number admitted may not be ae 
large as in previous years, I am satisfied that the quality of the 
material added to our glorious superstructure is such as -will be 
approved by the Master Builder. The utmost harmony and peace 
prevails throughout our entire jurisdiction, and not a single ease 
of grievance or complaint has been reported to me." During the 
year he visited several Chapters, and observing in them many 
irregularities which should not prevail in any well-governed 
masonic assemblage, he thus pertinently alludes to tin; subject : 



364 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

" While I have found much to commend, I also thought it my 
duty to call attention to many irregularities which exist in some 
Chapters ; and although they maybe thought trivial in themselves, 
they detract much from the beauty and interest of the work and 
from the proper government of the chapters. Among others, I 
allude to the entering and leaving the Chapter without saluting 
or permission of the High Priest, and during some of the most 
solemn part of the work ; conversation carried on by Companions 
around the Chapter, and sometimes not in a very low key ; opening 
and shutting doors, when the utmost silence should prevail ; 
neglect of the Secretary to read the minutes of the preceding 
Convocation, and in one instance at the annual Convocation for 
the election of officers ; the officers not occupying their proper 
places in the Chapter ; the ' calling off,' or, as may be found 
in some records, adjourning the Chapter from one convocation to 
another. I trust my allusions to these irregularities have been 
received in the true spirit, leaving no ungenerous feelings to 
become a bane." 

He next refers in feeling terms to the death of three worthy 
Companions, whose lives were lost in battle ; to the duties 
imposed upon true Craftsmen by the unholy strife then raging, to 
relieve the needy, to sympathize with the bereaved, to succor 
the afflicted ; and finally he exhorts them to practice charity in 
its broadest significance, without which the spirit of masonry 
will cease to influence them. His remarks on this head are so 
appropriate that we cannot do better than reproduce them : — 

" That charity which suffercth long and is kind, which 
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself 
unseemly, and which thinketh no evil — and that brotherly love 
which unites men of every country, sect and opinion, and 
concilliates true friendship among them — seem to be exiled from 
the hearts of many of the brethren of the mystic tie. You may 
know such by their intemperate zeal in the defence of their 
own ' views, and the malignity with which they pursue and 
denounce those who differ from them. With more zeal than 
reason or virtue, with more loyalty to their own personal or 
partizan schemes than to their country, and with no regard to 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOTT, 1865. 865 

the rights or feelings of others, they breed contention, hatred and 

strife among all with whom they associate. To subdue the 
passions and practice Charity, the first lessons taughl in masonry, 
tlicy have never learned. Willi prejudice unchecked, and 
coloring everything that passes within the range of their mental 

i, they do not possess magnanimity enough to do justice 
to those who differ from them. Such nun arc neither good 
masons nor good citizens. Those of yon who have seen this 
spirit, severing the ties of affection between those in whose \ 
run the same blood, dividing our ehurches, and even raising its 
unholy hand at the table of the Lord, will not censure me for 
cautioning you against its influence in our beloved < )rder. This 
spirit we must discountenance and subdue, by opposing to it 
true masonic charity ; and if we do not succeed in saving all 
our brethren from its influence, we may hope to prevent, its 
working serious injury to our Order." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is by R. E. Comp. 
E. G. Storer, and comprises an able review of the proceedings of 
iifteen Grand Chapters, Canada for lSG^J amongst the number. 
Copious extracts are given from the latter, including the entire 
introduction to the Foreign Correspondence, to which partial 
exception is taken, because it disapproves of the unseemly 
discussion of political subjects, inimical to masonry, by too many 
of our American Companions. Cordially endorsing, as we do, 
the truly Masonic doctrine laid down by R. E. Comp. Curtis on 
this head, we mil to perceive wherein he has done the slightest 
injustice to any one in the sentiments uttered. Certainly, if the 
discussion of political ethics is forbidden within our portals, 
surely they should also be excluded from addresses and reports 
appearing in our proceedings. And if Committees will persist 
in dilating upon such topics, they must expect fair criticism. 

Most Excellent Companion Asa Smith was elected G. H. P., 
and R. E. Companion E. G. Storer, Grand Secretary. 

ILLINOIS. 

The Fifteenth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
this State w t As held in the Masonic Hall, Springfield, on the 7th 



366 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

of October, 1S64. M. E. Ooinp. II. W. Hubbard, G. H. P., 
presiding, and R. E. Oomp. H. G. Reynolds, Grand Secretary. 
Forty-one Chapters were represented, out of sixty-three in the 
jurisdiction. Nine new Chapters received Warrants. Returns 
were submitted by 57. Fifteen made no returns, four of which 
were declared dormant. Total membership reported, 2,336 ; . 
exaltations, 635 ; expelled, 2; deaths, 31 ; receipts, $5,156. 

The G. II. P.'s address is chiefly devoted to a record of official 
acts performed during his incumbency, in which time he says 
" Nothing has occurred to disturb the peace and harmony 
prevailing within our bounds, no complaint of any kind being 
brought to my notice." Having granted a dispensation to several 
Companions to form a Military Chapter, at Columbus, Ky., — 
within the jurisdiction of another Grand Chapter — he thus alludes 
to a visit paid it by invitation of the H. P. :— 

" In October, at the earnest solicitation of Comp. 0. S. Vaughan, 
H.P., of ' Asboth ' Chapter, U.D., I visited Columbus, Ky., to 
ascertain its condition. I went there strongly prejudiced against 
military Lodges or Chapters ; made the acquaintance of officers 
and members ; examined their work and assisted in conferring 
degrees ; and from the general conduct of its members, the 
frequent rejection of petitions, I was forced to the conclusion 
that the interest and prosperity of the Royal Craft could be 
promoted in the armies of our country, as well as in our peaceful 
and quiet retreats at home. Most of their members are officers in 
the army and navy — some high in rank — and where, I ask, 
could they better spend their leisure hours (surrounded, as they 
are, with the vices and allurements which a soldier's life is 
heir to) than in that sacred retreat where there is not heard the 
sound of axe, hammer, or any tool of iron?" 

Whatever palliation can be offered for the issue of a dispensa- 
tion to military companions residing within the limits of his own 
State, we think the G. H. P. of Illinois will experience some 
difficulty in justifying or finding a precedent for the exercise of 
that authority outside his jurisdiction. It may be true that " a 
soldier's leisure hours could not be better spent than in the sacred 
retreat of a Royal Arch Chapter ;" yet it is a debateable question 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TRESCOTT, 18G5, 36*7 

how far the real advancement of the Royal Art is promoted by 
illegally creating an itinerant Chapter for that purpose. Usually 
military Lodges or Chapters are restricted in the choice of 
candidates to military men ; but in this instance no such restric- 
tion was complied with ; for the wielders of plough-shares and 
prnning-hooks were admitted with the same readiness as 
the bearers of swords and spears. The dispensation to this 
Chapter seems to have been granted to enable certain work 
to be performed, for when that was completed the Gr. II. P. 
revoked his authority and ordered the records to be 
transferred to another Chapter. Nearly all the sister Grand 
Chapters whose correspondence your Committee have perused, 
discuss the points of jurisprudence involved in the issue of 
tlii- dispensation, and in every case adverse judgment is given. 

By a disastrous fire at Cairo, your Committee regret to learn 
that the G.II.P. suffered severely, losing nearly all his property 
and masonic documents, he and his family narrowly escaping 
with their lives. The Grand Chapter generously voted $200 
towards relieving his misfortunes. 

The Deputy G. H. P. reports granting four dispensations for 
new Chapters, thus exercising an authority co-equal with his 
superior, the right to which is questioned in many jurisdictions. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence ably review the 
proceedings of fourteen Grand Chapters — Canada for 1863 
included, but very briefly. The proceedings are neatly printed 
and carefully compiled. 

M. E. Comp. W. M. Egan was elected G. H. P., and R. E. 

Comp. II. G. Reynolds, Grand Secretary. 

INDIANA. 

The Twentieth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of 
Indiana was convened in the Grand Masonic Hall, Indianapolis, 
on the 17th of May, 1S65. R. E. Comp. E. H. Davis, D. G. H. 
P., presiding, owing to the illness of M. E. Comp. S. D. Bayless, 
G. H. P., and E. E. Comp. W. Hacker, Grand Secretary. 



368 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

Forty-one chapters were represented, out of fifty-one on the roll. 
Total membership, seventeen hundred and three ; exaltations, 
two hundred and fifty-seven ; expelled, one ; deaths, thirty- two ; 
receipts $1967. The address of the G. H. P. was read by 
the Grand Secretary. It relates chiefly to official acts performed 
during the year, and presents little of interest to this jurisdiction, 
beyond the fact that " harmony and order continue to prevail, 
and all the Chapters have prospered beyond precedent." The 
return of peace to their country is also appropriately referred to, 
and a feeling tribute paid to the memory of the late President 
Lincoln, whose untimely death is fitly characterized as an act of 
atrocity that shocked the world. We are sure that in his closing 
remarks the G. H. P. has the condolence of all Royal Arch 
Masons who will read them : 

" Companions, in conclusion, I must express my regret and 
sorrow in not being able to write a report on Foreign Correspon- 
dence, or even meet you face to face, and grasp your hands as 
my heart desires. Confined to my room for the last week with 
severe illness, I write these closing lines with a feeble hand. In 
tendering you, one and all, my fraternal thanks for past respect 
and honors, if not permitted to meet again in Grand Chapter 
upon earth, may we all meet in the tabernacle of God." So 
mote it be. 

Memorial pages record the virtues and worth of two old 
members of this Grand Chapter — Comp. F. King, for fifteen years 
Grand Secretary, and Comp. C. Carter, for twenty years an 
active working member. 

M. E. Comp. Thos. Pattison was elected G. H. P., and R. E. 
Comp. Wm, Hacker, Grand Secretary. 

IOWA. 

The Tenth Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was 
held in Corinthian Hall, Des Moines, on the 4th of June, 1864. 
M. E. Comp. W. E. Woodward, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E. 
Comp. W. B. Langridge, Grand Secretary. Twelve Chapters 
had representatives in attendance, out of twenty-eight on the roll, 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRE3COTT, 18G5. 360 

two of which have been declared dormant. Total membership, 
live hundred and eighty-seven ; exaltations, sixty -four ; expelled, 
nine; deaths, twelre. Receipts $685, and invested in 6-20 bonds, 

$300. 

The address of the G. H. P. is interesting in a local point of 
view, but it does not contain anything of special importance 
worthy of reproduction here. The ravages of the Mar are 
lamented ; official acts and visitations arc reported; deaths of 
several eminent companions are feelingly dwelt upon; and the 
complete destruction of a Chapter and Blue Lodge at Camanche 
by a tornado is announced. 

A resolution to abolish the office of Deputy Grand High Priest 
appears in the proceedings ; but as only sixteen Chapters support 
it, instead of a two-third majority of eighteen, further considera- 
tion is deferred till next annual Convocation. 

The Report on Foreign Correspondence is by R. E. Comp. 
Langridge, who ably reviews the proceedings of sixteen Grand 
Chapters — Canada for 1S63 included. Referring to the remark 
of Comp. Curtis on the war, he says : " Let him place himself on 
our side of the line, and there is little doubt that some things he 
sees in one light now might appear so strongly in another, that 
he might not think that the 'purity' of his masonry would be 
much tarnished if he spoke quite plainly his sentiments in behalf 
of what he thought the cause of right and justice against lawL a* 
ness and crime." Change of positiou might make some 
difference, when the genuine teachings of our order are Lost 
sight of in the heat of the moment ; but we arc much mistaken 
if our American Companions do not come to our view of the 
question, when that heat has given place to calmer reflection and 
the mellowing influence of peace has exerted its proper sway. 
Let charily once prevail, and we shall nol Bee Buch topi< 
discussed in Masonic proceedings. 

We are glad to find our Iowa Companions holding thi 
following truly Masonic language in reference t<> quackery on 
ritualism, of which there 'has been BO much thai it ifi a WOndei 
tin. 1 shadow of the original remains : — 

" The Chapter ritual has been tinkered, doctored and cobbled 



370 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

by so many persons, learned and unlearned, privates and profes- 
sionals, from the highest officer of General Grand Chapter to the 
latest maker of a text-book, that it is not to be wondered at that 
Gomp. A., in the Grand Chapter of Z., should be fearful lest Comp. 
B. should introduce some terrible innovation on his work — that 
work which he has been industriously improving and changing* 
and polishing and filing for so many years, and striving to 
introduce into his jurisdiction ; and which, now that he has lived 
long enough and stuck so tenaciously to his purpose, has become 
the authority there, and is becoming so generally acquiesced in, 
that he hopes in a few years to secure partial uniformity ! Just 
as though B. was not as good authority as A. or C, they being 
all alike without authority, made up too often of muddled 
recollections, pieced out with the fantasies of their god-fathers, 
and well enough to do in the world if they escape the most bare- 
faced contradictions or gross blunders." 

Through the medium of this Report we have tidings from 
Minnesota for 1861-63, no Convocation being held in 1862. 
Steady progress seems to mark their onward march, and the 
only subject discussed by them is the General Grand Chapter, 
whose continuance they strongly support. The proceedings of 
Ohio for 1863 are also noticed, and a lengthy argument by Comp. 
Parks, against what they term "substitutes " is copied. The 
pith of this is, that after diligent enquiry from England and 
other sources of authority, he finds that it is not indispensable to 
exalt three candidates at one time, but Avhen convenient it is 
better to do so. He closes his argument thus : — 

" And now, in view of the facts stated, I am compelled to 
recede from the opinion heretofore held of the illegality of 
substitutes in the R. A. Degree. And, as I no longer regard 
Webb's charge as embodying a fundamental principle of the 
degree, but simply as apart of the many Americanisms that have 
attached to almost every branch of Masonry in the United States, 
and considering it a legitimate subject for legislation, I therefore 
recommend it to your careful consideration, hoping that some 
plan may be devised by which the question will be set at rest." 

M. E. Comp. L. S. Swafford was elected G. H. P. and R. E. 
Comp. "W. B. Langridge, Grand Secretary. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PREBOOTT, 1865. 371 

KENTUCKY. 

The Annual ConTOcatioD of this Grand Chanter was held at the 
Masonic Temple, Louisville, on the 19th October, L863 — 
M. E. Comp. T. Sadler, G. IT. P., presiding, and R. K. Com]). 

P. Swigert, Grand Secretary. Thirty-seven chapters were repre- 
sented out of seventy-seven on the roll ; forty-three returned ten 
hundred and eighty members ; one hundred and nine exaltations ; 
two expulsions ; twenty-three deaths, and thirty-four made no 
returns, which is accounted for by the disturbed state of the 
eountry preventing their working. One new Chapter received 
a warrant, and one a dispensation ; receipts of year $1694 ; total 
resources in stocks, &c, $7,061. This is one of the richesl 
Grand Chapters in the American Union, and we rejoice to learn 
that nowhere is the duty of relieving the distressed more 
generously followed. 

The G. II. P.'s address is very brief, merely referring to local 
business and the stagnation in work compared with more prosperous 
periods. The hope is expressed that " a speedy re-union of full 
fellowship and brotherly love may soon ensue," to which we 
cordially say, Amen. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence reviews the doings of 
thirteen Grand Chapters, and those of Canada for 1SG2, are 
fraternally noticed by the Chairman. 

M. E. Comp. S. D. McCullough was elected G. II. P., and 
R. E. Comp. P. Swigert, Grand Secretary. 



Another Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held 
in the same city on the 17th October, l s <;i. M. E. Comp. S. 1) 
McCullough, G. II. 1'.. presiding, and R. E. Companion 
P. Swigert, Grand Secretary. Forty-four Chapters wer< 
represented, on: oi eighty-two on the roll. On< new Chapter 
ved a warrant, and four win empowered to work 
under dispensation. Fifty-two Chapters return one thou 
dine hundred and eighty-nine members; two hundred and tw< in j 
one exaltations; two expulsion thirty-one deaths, and thirty 
made no returns j receipts, $1,536; resou. 136. 

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372 GU AND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

The opening remarks of the venerable G. H. P. are some- 
what unique in style of composition, and evince more research 
in scriptural quotations than usually characterize masonic 
addresses. He takes special pains to impress upon Companions 
that " Masonry is not religion, nor can it save one soul of the 
countless hosts who have assisted in its ceremonies ; but a calm 
reliance upon the Lamb of God can only be depended upon for time 
and eternity." We think few will dispute this view in the present 
day ; but it should not be forgo tton that Masonry has ever been 
and is still an invaluable hand-maiden of religion. He very 
properly condemns a mischievous combination called " Conser- 
vators," whose object is to obtain control of Grand Chapter, and 
force the adoption of their peculiar nostrums of ritual ; " to drive 
from office all old masons who adhere to any other system ; to 
depreciate and diminish their influence ; to create jealousies and 
divisions amongst them, and to attack and drive them from all 
participation in the business and councils of the Craft." We trust 
the ramifications of these conspirators are not extensive ; but in 
any case they should be dealt with firmly and taught a lesson of 
obedience never to be forgotten. His closing remarks are so very 
expressive and chastely couched, that we cannot omit reproduc- 
ing them as a sample of the entire address : "As each revolving 
year brings with it the fulfilment of prophetic visions, old 
Masonry lifts her time-honored head, covered with the snows of 
nearly 5,000 years, and chants in harmony with the noble old 
songs of the illustrious patriarchs, prophets and apostles. Extol 
Him that rideth upon the heavens by His name JAH. Him 
that oyercomcth will I make a pillar in the temple of my God. 
Alleluia ! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is by the Grand 
Secretary, who briefly notices Canada for 1863, in the twelve 
Grand Chapter proceedings reviewed. 

M. E. Comp. W. E. Robinson was elected G. H. P., and the 

Grand Secretary was re-elected. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 373 

LOUISIANA. 

The eighteenth Aimual Convocation of this Grand ( haptei was 
held in the Grand Lodge Hall, New Orleans, on the 1 1th 
February, 1S65 — M. E. Cornp. H. R. Swasey, G. II. P., presiding, 

and R. E. Comp. S. M.Todd, Grand Secretary. Two successive 
years had elapsed without Convocations being held, owing to the 
want of a quorum ; and the one under notice had only six 
Chapters represented out of twenty-five on the roll. Returns 
from fifteen show six hundred and seventy-five members ; 
two hundred and two exaltations ; fifty deaths : and ten Chapters 
made no returns. Receipts, $17G9.96. 

The address of the G. H. P. relates solely to matters of local 
import, and the sad influence exerted by the civil war on the 
prosperity of Capitular -Masonry for the time being. The deaths 
of several eminent Companions are alluded to in appropriate I 
of regret, and memorial pages record their virtues. All the 
Chapters heard from are working regularly and pro 
dily, and the belief is expressed that the year will do! | 
without a complete revival of all the Chapters in the 
jurisdiction. 

A decision was given by the G. 11. P. that an honorary 
member cannot, hold office in a Chapter. 

The Committee on Foreign Correspondence acknowledge the 
receipt of proceedings from twenty-seven Grand Chapters, 
including Canada for 1863-64 j but owing to the lengthened 
absence of two of its members, and other causes, no report was 
prepared. Comp. J. Q. A. Fellows is chairman. 

The M. E. Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were 
re-elected. 

MAINE. 

The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held in the 
Masonic Hall, Portland, on the 2nd May, 1864— M. E. Comp. 
J. J. Bell, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. Ira Berry, 
Grand Secretary. The thirteen Chapters in the State were all 
represented, and four under dispensation received warrants. — 



374 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

They unitedly return eight hundred and seventy-seven members, 
and oiu' hundred and ninety-nine exaltations. Ten years 
previously they had only eight Chapters, four hundred members, 
and ninety-seven exaltations. The steady increase is manifest. 
This Grand Body has a benevolent fund of $1482, the interest of 
which is applied to relief. 

In his address the G. H. P. reports a number of official 
visitations and decisions. He holds that a Chapter under 
dispensation has no other members than those named in the 
document, and that none other are entitled to ballot. Also, that 
several Companions residing in Maine, who were exalted in New 
Brunswick Chapters working under Irish Warrants, are entitled 
to recognition as R. A. Masons. Though the invasion of the 
jurisdiction of Maine is apparent, he courteously waives all 
complaint, as the work was done in good faith, and the Chapters 
most concerned made no objection. Finding a growing desire to 
have Chapter degrees conferred sooner than one month from the 
reception of petitions, he recommends a fee being charged as a 
check, as well as to add to Grand Chapter revenue. A fee of $5 
has accordingly been fixed. He reports the death of Comp. 
A. Shirley, Grand Secretary from 1830 to 1848, when loss of 
sight compelled him to resign. A memorial page records his 
worth, as also that of Comps. Chase and Coffin, both P. G. H. 
Priests, and the latter P. G. M. " at a time when anti-masonic 
violence scattered from our altars all who could not bear perse- 
cution." 

The Committee on jurisprudence report, " that when a new 
Chapter is constituted and chartered, its members necessarily 
cease to be members of their original Chapters." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is an able review of 
the proceedings of seventeen Grand bodies ; Canada for 1863 
included. The extracts culled from our transactions are 
fraternally introduced, and a kind spirit pervades where 
exception is taken. Comp. Pearl is the talented Chairman. 

M.E. Comp. A. J. Fuller was elected G.H.P., and R.E. Comp. 
Ira Berry, re-elected Grand Secretary. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. $75 

Another Annual Convocatioo of this Grand Chapter was held 
in the same city, on the Isl May. 18G5 — M.E.Oomp. A. J. Fulh r, 
(J. II. P., presiding; and R. E. Comp. Berry, Grand Secret 
Every Chapter in the State (seventeen in all) was represented, 

and two undeT dispensation received warrants. The returns 
show eleven hundred and sixty-five members ; two hundred and 
sixty ttations, and eleven deaths. Receipts, $1,337, 

besides 81,49] in Charity Fund, with interest for relief, $112.95. 

The (J.H.IVs address is confined solely to local matters. Aftei 
felicitating his Companions on peace prospects, and deploring 
the assassination of their chief magistrate, he records the death 
of Comp. Cyril Pearl, for fourteen years chairman of the Maine 
Committee on Foreign Correspondence, through which his name 
become familiar to every jurisdiction in America. The 
demise of this eminent Masonic reviewer is justly regarded as an 
irreparable loss ; and, well knowing his worth, the Committee 
of condolence truly say : — 

" His devotion to Masonry, and his ardent and unceasing 
labors to promote its prosperity, entitle him to a place in our 
most grateful remembrance. His pen was ever ready, and as 
chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence for bo 
many years, he has achieved a national repute, and his death 
will be lamented in every Grand Chapter on this continent. Tie 
fulfilled from his earliest entrance upon the duties of life the 
apostolic injunction, 'be instant in season and out of season.' 
Words fail us to set forth a just appreciation of our loss. We 
can only bow in humble submission to this decree of the Grand 
High Priest above, consoling ourselves with the thought that our 
Loss is his eternal gain." 

As the deceased companion was well known to the Canadian 
Craft, having on several occasions visited our Grand Lodge and 
Grand Chapter, we feel certain that they will read this 
intimation, that be will no more mingle with us here below, with 
unfeigned regret. His works, however, survive him, and while 
they remain extant, the memory of Cyril Pearl will ever be 
dear to Royal Arcb Masons. 

To mark their appreciation of the eminent services of Most 



3Y6 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA. 

Excellent Companion Albert G. Mackay, G. H. P. of the General 
Grand Chapter, the sum of three-hundred dollars was unani- 
mously voted to him. 

The report on Foreign Correspondence is by Companion 
Drummond, and covers the doings of fourteen Grand Chapters 
— Canada for 1S64 included. It is brief, and instead of treating 
each jurisdiction separately as heretofore, the leading topics are 
summarised under general heads, and argued on their merits. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both 
re-elected. 

MARYLAND. 

The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Maryland 
and the District of Columbia was convened in the Masonic II all, 
Baltimore, on the 14th of November, 1864,— M. E. Comp. J. L. 
Yeates, G. II. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. W. M. Smith, 
Grand Secretary. Eight chapters wore represented out of ten 
on the roll ; nine furnished returns, showing seven hundred and 
thirteen members, one hundred and eighty-four exaltations, and 
nine deaths. Receipts, $539 50. 

A Special Convocation was also held on the third of the same 
month, to attend the funeral of the late Comp. Jas. Stirratt, P. G. 
K., at which resolutions of condolence were passed, deeply sym- 
pathising with his family in their bereavement. 

The admirable address of the G. H. P. breathes a truly 
Masonic spirit in reference to their national troubles, and conveys 
the gratifying information that R. A. Masonry in this jurisdic- 
tion has flourished beyond all precedent, and is still moving 
onward and forward, expanding and spreading, with profit to 
themselves and advantage to the community. He says the 
resolutions requiring all candidates to prove their proficiency in 
preceding degrees before exaltation, has been strictly complied 
with, and the consequence is, that all who aid and assist in 
carrying on the work or go abroad, are in a position to do credit 
to their sources of light. He decides : 

1. That a non affiliated Master Mason cannot receive chapter 
degrees. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PBESOOTT, 1 805. 371 

2. That one who had lost bia arm in battle could no! be 
exalted, though previously balloted for and accepted. 

:;. That conferring chapter degrees by proxy is a monBtroui 

custom, and should not bo entertained for a moment. 

4. That the too common practice of calling off and resuming 
labor by proclamation, without regularly opening and closing in 
due form, is wrong and should be stopped ; ami. 

5. That the genera! Grand Chapter having radically changed it 
constitution, Maryland is absolved from all obligations to it. 

A general desire having been expressed in favor of forming a 
new Grand Chapter for the District of Columbia, a committee was 
appointed to confer upon what terms, if any, a separation can l>< 
accomplished, said committee to report to a special convocation 
t«» be convened for the consideration of the report when ready. 

No report was submitted by the committee on Fori 
Correspondence, of which Comp. E. L. Stevens is chairman. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary woe both 
re-elected. 

MASSACHUSETTS. 

The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held in 
Freemason's Hall, Boston, on the 13th September, l^*il — M. E. 
Oomp. S. Thornton, G.H.P., presiding, and R.E. Companion T. 
Waterman, Grand Secretary. Seventeen Chapters irere 
represented, out of twenty-eight in the jurisdiction. The returns 
shown very satisfactory state of things in membership and work, 
which have greatly increased since the previous year. The 
number of members are two thousand four hundred and sixty - 
nine; exaltations, six hundred and nine, or three hundred and 
nine more than in 18G3. The state of their funds is not mentioned, 
nor are any other statistics given. 

Reports of three quarterly meetings are also given, the doings 
at which were confined to matters of a routine nature, possessing 
no interest here. 

No address was delivered by the G. H. P., at least inn 
published; but, to make up for its absence, an elaborate report 
on Foreign Correspondence appears from the pen of Companion 



378 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

J. Kimball, who, in a kindly spirit, reviews the proceedings of 
fourteen Grand Chapters — Canada, for 1863, included. In 
introducing the report, he thus apprises us of a severe loss 
suffered by the fraternity, in the destruction of their handsome 
Hall and offices by fire : 

" On the 6th of April, 1864, the Winthrop House, in the city ' 
of Boston, owned by the Grand Lodge of this State, in which 
were the beautiful Masonic apartments occupied by the several 
Grand and subordinate bodies meeting in the city, — was entirely 
consumed by fire. The valuable Masonic Library, consisting of 
upwards of one-thousand volumes — many of them of priceless 
value — its series of portraits of former Grand Masters, with all 
of the costly banners, regalia, and decorations owned by the 
various bodies, were entirely consumed. May it be the privilege 
of our brethren to behold ere long the commencement of another 
Temple, which shall stand as a monument of the architectural 
skill of the age in which we live, and worthy of the institution 
for whose service it shall be erected." 

We sincerely sympathise with our Companions in their mis- 
fortune, and heartily endorse the wish that another temple, 
u more glorious and beautiful than the first," will soon rise on 
the ruins of the old building. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both 
re-elected. 

MICHIGAN. 

The fifteenth Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was 
held in the Masonic Hall, Detroit, on the 11th January, 1864 — 
Most Excellent Companion B. Porter, G. II. P., presiding, and 
R. E. Companion J. E. Johnson, Grand Secretary. Twenty- 
nine Chapters were represented, being the full number on the roll, 
and three new ones received warrants. The returns show one 
thousand five hundred and ninety-four members, three hundred 
and ninety-nine exaltations, seven expelled, and twenty-one 
deaths. Receipts of year $1,513. 

In his address, the G.H.P. alludes to the want of uniformity 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 1865. 379 

in work in the subordinate Chapters, and suggests the propriety 
of adopting the ritual oped by several old ones, or compelling all 
to use that authorized by Grand Chapter. We think the latter 
the more correct course. During the year the <i. II. P. visited 
every Chapter in his jurisdiction except two, which doubtless 
operated very beneficially, and produced increased interest 
amongst the members. Were it possible to do the same in other 
jurisdictions, like advantages could be depended on. He thus 
reprehends the unmasonic custom of peddling so-called " keys to 
the work" : — 

" It pains me to bring to your notice a practice which has 
gained some prevalence in this State, of making a matter of 
barter and sale of what are termed keys to the ivorlc. I believe that 
this is done with no intention to wrong the Craft, or to lead it 
astray in forbidden paths ; but such is the result, and already I find 
the evil creeping in and undermining some of our fairest temples. 
This should be checked, and if a Companion will so far forget 
his duty to the craft or his obligations to himself as to engage 
in this traffic, he should be met, first with remonstrance, and then 
with prohibition by this Grand body." 

The G. H. P. closes his address with the following passage, 
which is commendable for its excellence and beauty : — 

" During the year just closed, harmony has prevailed 
throughout our borders, while in other States discord and 
confusion have kept the workmen from the temple, and shattered 
those already roared. Within our own, willing hands and true 
hearts have united in building structures worthy of the royal 
art. The storm which has spread desolation over a portion of 
our union, has reached us only as the waves breaking on a 
distant shore ; fragments of wrecks reaching us occasionally, but 
leaving us in the main untouched." 

The Committee on Foreign Correspond w the action 

of twelve Grand bodies — Canada not included. \n closing the 
report, they confidently hope to be soon again in fraternal 
communication with all their sister Grand Chapters ; " that the 
erring m^y return to their duty, from which they have so madly 
twerved, and that peace, love and unity once restored, may 

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380 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

never again be dissevered." All true Royal Arch Masons will 
cordially re-echo this sentiment ; but our Companions of 
Michigan should remember, in dealing with the erring, that 
" there be these three — faith, hope and charity, but the greatest 
of these is charity." 

The Committee on "work" reported in favor of compelling alt* 
Chapters to adopt the Grand Chapter ritual, under penalty of 
losing their charters, for any violation of the rule. The Com- 
mittee on " keys," reported against their circulation or sale, any 
infraction of which to be visited with suspension or expulsion. 
Both reports were adopted. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both 
re-elected. 



Another Convocation of this Grand body was held in the same 
city on the 9th January, 1865, with the same Grand Officers in 
attendance. The entire thirty-two Chapters on the roll were 
represented, which is highly creditable to them, and strongly 
contrasts with the indifference to this duty shown by too many 
subordinates in other jurisdictions. Four Chapters are working 
under dispensatiou. The thirty-six return two thousand and 
seventy-two members ; five hundred and forty-five exaltations ; 
two expulsions, and thirty deaths. Receipts, $1,804. 

The address of the G. H. P. is thoroughly practical, but 
relates almost entirely to local business and official acts. He 
declines re-election after three years service, and on retiring, 
receives cordial thanks for his ability and zeal, and $150 to cover 
expenses incurred in his visitations. 

The Foreign Correspondence Committee review, in an able 
and candid manner, the proceedings of seventeen Grand Chapters 
— Canada for 1863-4 included. The records of Michigan are 
carefully collated and neatly printed. 

M. E. Comp. E. Sprague was elected Grand High Priest, and 
the Grand Secretary was re-elected. 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PKESCOTT, 18G5. 881 

MISSOURI. 

The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was convened 
at St. Louis, on the 17th May, 18G5. M. E. Comp. I. A. H. 
Lampton, G-. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. A. O'Sullivan, 
Grand Secretary. Thirteen Chapters were represented, out of 
twenty-two on the roll, and five made no returns. The statistics 
show eight hundred and thirty-four members ; one hundred and 
seventy-four exaltations ; two expulsions, and eleven deaths. 

The address of the G. H. P. is so well conceived and 
beautifully written, that your Committee beg to submit the 
following copious extract, feeling that it pictures a state of things 
unfortunately too prevalent in other jurisdictions as well as 
Missouri : — 

" The rites of Royal Arch Masonry pre-suppose a fitness for 
the Art, a zealous devotion to the tenets of our Order, and also 
considerable proficiency in the symbolic degrees. It is necessary 
to adhere .strictly to these tests of eligibility in disseminating 
them, else, experience has abundantly taught us, a Babel of 
tongues and discord are the only results. Instead of scattering 
discord and confusion, it is the province of Masonry to build up 
in waste places, and ' make crooked things straight.' Laudable 
exertions to advance the interest of the Order may sometimes be 
misapplied, when the tendency is to increase the laborers at the 
risk of retarding the progress of the work. The structure may 
be grossly encumbered with material «rhich will not stand the 
test of the square — fit only to be thrown aside amongst the 
rubbish. The prevailing desire should be, to select the BEST 
material, not to collect the greatest amount of it ; to observe and 
preserve all that may be found worthy ; and emulation should 
point to the enterprise of work well done, rather than to a great 
deal of work. 

"In no branch of Masonry are duties more clearly defined, 
or more impressively illustrated, than in the Chapter degrees, 
and every well-informed and truly zealous Mason will under- 
stand that it is better to avoid the unworthy than peril the 
usefulness of the Order by indiscriminate extension. There are 



382 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

now too many of its professors who cannot prove themselves 
Masons ; ignorance of the work and lectures is painfully apparent, 
of which, very often only faded outlines linger in the memory of 
those who claim the right of visiting a Chapter — a most 
humiliating commentary on the profession of fervency and zeal 
which should characterize Companions. This originates from 
two causes — the cry of Chapters for work, and the rage of 
aspirants for degrees ; too much work for the good of the 
Chapter, and more degrees than the recipient has time to digest, 
or the ability to comprehend. He is innocent of light and 
knowledge ; makes all the capital he can for the money expended, 
and professes Royal Arch Masonry without having imbibed its 
first principles. The Chapter has had hard work ; added a few 
dollars to its treasury, and sent an ignorant Mason abroad to cast 
reproach upon its labor whenever he applies to visit. 

" The rage for Masonic mysteries was never more dangerous 
to the Order than at present; and the peril is enhanced by 
Masonic bodies themselves exhibiting a disposition to encourage 
this unhealthy and inordinate desire. It has become a mania, 
and, in some localities, the Order has become transformed into 
an asylum for the special treatment of the disease. The 
malady is blindness ; the remedy light ; but the hospital patient 
remains blind." 

The G. H. P. also condemns in strong terms the "roving 
commissions, or Dispensations granted to certain Companions for 
the establishment of Military or Field Chapters." He says : 
" These Chapters move from one jurisdiction to another — first to 
Kentucky, next to Tennessee, then to Mississippi, as the armies 
advance, making Royal Arch Masons of citizens of Missouri and 
other jurisdictions, where, for the time, the regiment or brigade 
having this roving commission may be stationed. This is wrong, 
and an unauthorized invasion of jurisdictions having grand and 
subordinate Chapters of their own. There can be no possible 
excuse for such flagrant violation of all the laws of Masonic 
comity, and that brotherly regard which should influence the 
Companions of the several jurisdictions." 



EIGnTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 383 

A Special Committee also reported on this subject, when it 
was unanimously 

Resolved, — " That persons professing- to have been made Royal 
Arcli Masons in these Field or Military Chapters, should not be 
recognized as such by regular Companions of this jurisdiction ; 
and that citizens of Missouri, so made, should be treated as 
clandestine, and dealt with accordingly.*' 

An excellent report on Foreign Correspondence was presented 
by Comp. O'Sullivan, who reviews the transactions of fourteen 
Grand Chapters — Canada, for 1864, included. He pays a 
flattering compliment to the Canadian report, and courteously 
summarises its contents. The opinion expressed by the G. IT. P. 
of Kentucky, that " Masonry is not religion," is combatted with 
much ability, and powerful arguments are adduced in support of 
tin- opposite view. We regret our inability to quote thesi 
they well deserve reproduction, but space forbi< ; 

The condition of Capitular Masonry, in Missouri, is thus epi- 
tomised by the G. H. P. : — " Although it has not advanced much 
during the past year, it has stood firm and unshaken ; its bond 
of faith" has been held inviolate, and its sacred places respected." 

M. E, Comp. T. E. Garrett was elected Grand Hie.h IV 
and R. E. Comp. A. O'Sullivan, Grand Secretary. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

The Annual Convocation of this Grand Chapter was held at 
Concord, on the 8tli June, 1863. M. E. Comp. Samuel M. 
Wilcox, G. H. P., presiding, and R. E. Comp. H. Chase, Grand 
Secretary. Seven Chapters were represented out of eight ; and 
the returns show six hundred and sixty-seven members, and 
seventy-nine exaltations. The address of the G. II. P. mainly 
consists in the expression o!" his opinion in regard to the civil war; 
suggestions as to a regular visitation of subordinates by the 
Grand Council ; hints in correction of irregularities in transacting 
business ; and of a candid acknowledgment that the General 
Grand Chapter is a failure for all practical good, " the last ten 
years of its existence only producing wordy contention and strife 
too sharp and bitter to be Masonic." 



384 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

No report appears from the Committee on Foreign Corres- 
pondence. 

M. E. Comp. Edward W. Harrington was elected Grand High 
Priest, and R. E. Comp. Horace Chase, Grand Secretary. 



Another Annual Convocation of this Grand body was held in 
the same city, June 6th, 1864 ; the G. H. P., presiding. All the 
Chapters were represented. Total membership, seven hundred 
and thirty-two ; exaltations, one hundred and four ; receipts, 
$414. 

The address of the G. H. P. is thoroughly practical, and treats 
of several subjects of much interest to his own jurisdiction. His 
remarks in reference to the attendance of those who have 
" wrought long in the quarries," are very opportune. Referring 
to one of his official visits, he says : — 

" In May last I visited Washington Chapter, one of the oldest 
in the State, and found it, as it ever has been, harmonious and 
flourishing. The officers were well versed in their duties, and 
here also I found quite a number who had long wrought in the 
quarries. The presence of such, by their example and experience, 
is of great value and assistance to young and inexperienced 
Companions in every Chapter ; and let us hope that those who 
have for many years trod the rough and rugged paths of life, 
may yet be long spared to bless us with their presence and 
instruct us by their counsel." 

The R. E. G. K. reports visiting two Chapters officially, the 
officers of which were rather negligent. He thus alludes to the 
subject, and his remarks are so well-timed that your Committee 
hope they will not be perused in this jurisdiction without bearing 
good fruit : — 

" I wish to record my earnest protest against the too frequent 
dependance upon and use of rituals during labor. No one should 
accept an office in any Masonic body who is unable or unwilling 
to devote the requisite attention to a thorough preparation for its 






EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, J 865. 385 

duties j nor should ho shrink from occasional inconvenience, and 
sacrifice if necessary, rather than be absent from his station at 
regular or special meetings. This disregard of obligations, so 
often shown by officers of Chapters, in want of punctuality in 
attendance and proficiency in duties, gives our ancient institution 
more dangerous wounds in thehouse ofits friends, than it is possible 
to inflict by its bitterest enemies." 

The report on Foreign Correspondence by Comp. Chase, is an 
able digest of the doings of fifteen Grand Chapters ; Canada, for 
1863, included. Copious extracts are culled from the latter, and 
the introduction by Comp. Curtis is termed " eloquent, patriotic 
and fraternal." There is also given a synopsis of the proceedings 
of Pennsylvania, a jurisdiction from which we seldom receive 
tidings. From this we learn that they do publish an abstract, 
but so meagre, that it conveys little or no information of their 
progress. The report on Correspondence only gives the names of 
sister Grand Chapters and the time of their Annual Convocations. 
We hope they will send a copy of their next transactions to our 
Grand Scribe E. 

The retiring Grand High Priest was re-elected, but declined 
serving, when M. E. Comp. J. R. Holbrook was chosen Grand 
High Priest, and R. E. Comp. II. Chase, Grand Secretary. 

NEW YORK. 

The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of this State 
was convened in the Temple Hall, Albany, on the 2d February, 
1864 — M. E. Comp. D. A. Ogden, Grand High Priest, presiding, 
and R. E. Companion J. 0. Cole, Grand Secretary. Ninety-one 
Chapters were represented, including four under dispensation, out 
of one hundred and seventy-seven on the roll, being little over half 
the number in the jurisdiction. The statistics show four thousand 
nine hundred and forty members, six hundred and seventy-nine 
exaltations, and $3,078 dues, besides $7,153 invested in stocks. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is one of the best we 
have read, abounding in noble sentiments from beginning to end. 
We are glad to learn from it that " the past year has been one of 
unprecedent prosperity to the craft in the State, and that brotherly 



386 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA. 

love, charity, benevolence and fraternal regard has prevailed, 
increased and grown in strength, influence and power." Well 
may he use the following beautiful language, when the results 
are so inspiriting : — " These facts are both interesting and sug- 
gestive ; they exemplify and test the value of Freemasonry. 
There must be excellence and virtue in an institution which, in 
the midst of events that strain the very foundations of social order, 
stands unharmed, and from its nature becomes an element of 
strength in upholding good government and sustaining law and 
order ; and which also affords an asylum where brotherly love and 
kindness may be cultivated, its fruits enjoyed, and turmoil and 
strife be forgotten. Such an institution with such inherent virtues 
cannot fail to make its votaries better men and better citizens, 
and thus promote public happiness and public good." 

In announcing the decease of the respected Comp. Wadsworth, 
for many years Grand Secretary, and the venerable Salem Town, 
Grand Chaplain for over half a century, the Grand High Priest 
pays a deserved tribute to their worth and integrity, and suggests 
that a monument be placed over their remains, to show that 
Masonic condolence is deeper and more heartfelt, than in mere 
name or empty resolutions. 

Comp. White presented an excellent report on Foreign Cor- 
respondence, covering the doings of fifteen Grand Bodies ; Canada 
not included. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both 
re-elected. 

Another Annual Convocation was held in the same Hall and 
City on the 7th February, 18G5. M. E. Comp. D. A. Ogden, 
presided, and ninety-eight out of one hundred and ninety-two 
Chapters were represented. The returns from one hundred and 
four chapters show six thousand one hundred and fifteen members, 
and one thousand three hundred and eighty-three exaltations. 
Receipts, $6,325 ; invested $10,807. 

The Grand High Priest's address is not quite so diffuse as the 
previous one, yet it is as ably written, and conveys much valu- 
able information on the working of R. A. Masonry in the Empire 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESCOTT, 1865. 3S7 

State. He records the same prosperity; and intimates that the 
effort to place a monument over the remains of Gomp, 8. Town, 
had resulted in $1,500 being subscribed for that purpose, to be 
expended under the superintendence of a joint Committee of 
Grand Lodge and Chapter. 

The following resolution was adopted unanimously, and $3,000 
appropriated from Grand Chapter funds, towards carrying out 
the laudable object in view : — 

" That the erection of a Hall and establishment of an Asylum 
for the benefit of aged and indigent Masons, is a measure which 
strongly commends itself to the favorable consideration of this 
Grand Chapter, and is entitled to its cordial support." 

A resolution was also passed requiring the attention of all sub- 
ordinate Chapters to the subject, and requesting their contributions. 

Comp. White again furnishes the report on Foreign Corres- 
pondence, in which he reviews the proceedings of sixteen Grand 
Bodies, Canada for 1863-64 included. There is an ability mani- 
fested in the preparation of this report highly commendable 
to its authors and creditable to the jurisdiction it hails from, both 
as regards soundness of reasoning and fullness of analyzation. 
The reviewer says of the Canadian report for 1864: " your 
Committee cannot but feel gratified by the expression of such senti- 
ments, coming as they do from a foreign nation, giving sure 
evidence of international comity and good will." 

M. E. Comp. Horace S. Taylor was elected Grand High Priest, 
and R. E. Comp. J. O. Cole, re-elected Grand Secretary. 



VERMONT. 

The Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of this Stat w a 
held in the Masonic Hall, St.- Albans, on the 5th of October, 186 1 ; 
M. E. Comp. Gamaliel Washburn, Grand High Priest, presiding, 
andR. E. Comp. J. B. Hollenbeck, Grand Secretary. Twelve 
Chapters were represented out of thirteen on the roll ; and no new 
ones reported. The total membership is given at nine hundred and 
* six; no exaltations. Receipts, $310. 



388 -GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

" The address of the Grand High Priest relates solely to home 
affairs. The continuance of the war is lamented ; stable growth in 
subordinates is chronicled ; the decease of five worthy Companions 
is appropriately announced ; and the hope is expressed that Grand 
Chapter may conduct its labors with the accustomed harmony and 
with good results tc the craft generally. He closes a well-written 
paper thus : — 

" While our ranks are being thinned by here and there a broken 
column, it becomes us to work while it is day, for soon the *iight 
of death will come wherein no man can work. May we be 
actuated by high and holy motives, dispensing that charity which 
suffereth long and is kind; for charity and prayer are the wings 
on which the soul flies to heaven. In all our mutual intercourse 
with mankind let us manifest, by our daily walk and deportment, 
that we are determined to follow and know the Lord, whom to 
know aright is life eternal." 

An effort was made to secure concurrence in the permanent 
location of the Annual Convocations of this Grand Chapter ; also, 
that they be held the day before the Grand Lodge meets; but on a 
vote, action was deferred for another year. 

Comp. C. F. Dana submitted a concise report on Foreign 
Correspondence, reviewing the transactions of fourteen Grand 
Chapters, including Canada, for 1863, which is courteously treated 
and extracted from. 

The Grand High Priest and Grand Secretary were both re-elected. 

In bringing their labors to a close, your Committee cannot omit 
expressing their satisfaction at the decided improvements visible in 
the proceedings that have passed under their notice. They refer 
more particularly — 

1st. To the general increase in work and membership in nearly 
every jurisdiction. 

2nd. To the improved tone and kindlier spirit pervading the 
various addresses of the chief officers in reference to their national 
troubles. 






EIFHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PEESCOTT, 18G5. 389 

3rd. To the gratifying decline in legislation on many questions 
that had much better remain undisturbed and untinkered ; and 

4th. To the judicious determination shown to deal summarily 
with mercenary ritual peddlers, whose detestable rubbish should 
be spurned by all true craftsmen wherever offered for sale. 

These healthful indications are bright harbingers of future good to 
our time-honored Order, the influence of which will be materially 
promoted by steadily following up the action so well begun. 
Let our rulers and companions never forget that Masonry, unlike 
the many ephemeral organisms which have briefly existed and then 
perished, needs not the same doctoring and manipulation — that it 
has withstood the shocks of ages, and the ruthless persecutions of 
bigotry and fanaticism ; and that, as our venerated forefathers 
handed it down to us in purity and perfection, so should we 
jealously guard it from empirical innovation, and transmit it to 
the latest posterity in all its pristine grandeur. May this desire 
ever animate them, till at last we shall all convene together in the 
Grand Chapter above. 

All which is fraternally submitted. 

JAMES SEYMOUR, 



Chairman Committee For. Cor. 



Committee Room, Grand Chapter, Canada, 
Prescott, August, A. I., 2395. 



SUSPENSION. 

St. GEORGE'S CHAPTER, No. 5, LONDON. 

Arthur Wallace. N. P. D. 






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Comp. DUGALD McINNES. 

" GEOROE C. CHALMERS. 

THE HIRAM CHAPTER, No. 3, HAMILTON. 

Comp, REV. R. FLOOD. 
" PATRICK J. DUNN. 

St. GEORGES CHAPTER, No. 5, LONDON. 

Comp. HENRI B. HOPKINS, 4th July, 18G4. 
" DANIEL MURRAY, March, 1864. 
KING SOLOMON'S CHAPTER, No. 8, TORONTO. 

Comp. THOS. A. MULKINS, 1st January, 18G5. 
CATARAQUI CHAPTER, No. 12, KINGSTON. 

Comp. WILLIAM BURNESS. 

WAWANOSH CHAPTER, No. 15, SARNIA. 

Comp. ZENAS REYNOLDS, 23rd April, 1864. 
" EDWARD ROBINSON, 4th Nov., 1864. 
DORCHESTER CHAPTER, No. 17, WATERLOO. 

Comp. ORIN AVERY, 28th October, 1864. 
OXFORD CHAPTER, No. 18, WOODSTOCK. 

Comp. EDWARD BACON, 4th March, 1865. 
GRENVILLE CHAPTER, No. 22, PRESCOTT. 

Comp. GEO. W. POWELL, 31st March, 1864. 
" ISAAC LEMON, 2nd June, 1865. 

EZRA CHAPTER, No. 23, SIMCOE. 

Bro. F. DUTTON, Mark Master, 1st July, 1864 
TECUMSEn CHAPTER, No. 21, STRATFORD. 



Comp. JOSEPH M. DESJARD1N. 
« WILLIAM NOON. 

MOUNT HOREB CHAPTER, No. 25, MONTREAL. 



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No. 1.— ANCIENT FRONTENAC CHAPTER KINGSTON 
Established — A.D., 1795. 

Stated Meetings — third Tuesday in FcVry, May, An ft & Nov'r. 

OFFICERS. 

R. E. Comp. S. D. Fowler, Z 

V. " " Alex. S. Kirkpatrick, II 

Geo. M. Wilkinson, J 

■' W. P. Phillips, Scribe E 

Numbers of Members 43 



No. 2.— THE HIRAM CHAPTER, HAMILTON. 

Established— A. D., 1820. 

Stated Meetings— first Monday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

V. E. Comp. John S. Henderson, Z 

" " Joseph J. Curran, H 

David Gillies, J 

" James Gay, Jr., Scribe E 

Number of Members 4G 



ESTABLISHED— A.D., 1847. 

Stated Meetings— third Wednesday in Jan., April, July and Get 

OFFICERS. 

E. Comp. W. P. McMaster, Z " 
V. u u James Jackson, II 
" " John Paterson, J 
* James Bain, Scribe N 
Number of Members 87 



No Returns 
since 1SGJ. 



396 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

No. 5.— St. GEORGE'S CHAPTER LONDON. 



Stated Meetings —fourth Friday in Feb., May, August and Nov. 

OFFICERS. 

M.E.Comp. Thomson Wilson, Z 

" " John B. Smyth, H 

" " Thomas Westlakc, J 

" T. F. McMullen, Scribe E 

Number of Members 30 



No. 6.— St. JOHN'S CHAPTER, HAMILTON. 



Stated Meetings— second Thursday of every month, 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. John W. Murton, Z 

Benj. E,. Charlton, H 

" " James Richmond, J 

" William Turnbull, E 

Number of Members 42 



Stated Meetings— first Tuesday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. Marcellus Crombie, Z 

<f " " Edmond J. Sisson, H 

" Donald Moodie, J 

F. G. Meacham, Scribe E 

Number of Members 64 



No. 8.— KING SOLOMON'S CHAPTER, TORONTO. 

Established — A.D., 1857. 

Stated Meetings— first Thursday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. James Adams, Z 

V." " Samuel' McConkey, H 

" •' Augustus T. Houel, J 

" ■ George R. Hamilton, Scribe E 

Number of Members 53 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PBKaOOTT, L865. ,V.'T 



BUSHED — A. I)., 1858. 

Stated Meetings— Tuesday on or "before fuU moon, in March, June, 
September and .December. 

OPPIl 

E. Comp. H. J Martin, Z 

" " W. S. Foster, II 

" " B. H. Si .) 

C. II. Kathan, Scribe E 

\ umber of Members 37. 



No. 12.— CATARAQU1 CHAPTEB, KINGSTON. 

Established, A.D., 1850. — Affiliated, A.D. 1850. 

Staled Meetings — second Monday in February, May, August 
and November. 

OFFICEltS. 

RUE. Comp. Henry Dumble, Z 

" " " John V. Noel, IT 

'- " John N. Glidden, J 

" A. Fiimeinore, Scribe E 

Number of Members 21 



No. 13— STADACOXA CHAPTER, QUEBEC. 

Established, A.D., 1S54. — Affiliated, 1859. 

Stated Meetings — second Thursday in Jan., April, July and Oct. 

officers. 

V.E. Comp. Thomas Lambert, Z 

" " Charles Joncas, jr., H 

" Heber Buclden, J 

William Budden, Scribe E 

Number of Members 65 



No. 14.— BEDFORD DISTRICT CHAPTEB, DUNHAM. 

.: :;. I — A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meetings— Tuesday preceding full moon of every month. 

OFFH 

E. Comp. David Browne, Z } No Return 
11 " Rev. Joseph Scott, II > since 
•' " William M. Pattison, J ) formation. 
Number of Members 10 



398 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA. 

No. 13.— WAWANOSH CHAPTER, SARNIA. 
Established — A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meetings— second Friday in Jan., April, July and Oct. 

OFFICERS. 

V.E. Comp. William M. Jamison, Z 

'• Hugh Black, H 

" " T. Blair Pardee, J 

E. R. Jones, Scribe E 

Number of Members 16 



No. 16.— CARLETON CHAPTER, OTTAWA. 
Established A.D., 1859. 

Stated Meetings — second Wednesday in March, June, Sept. & Dec. 

OFFICERS. 

E. Comp. J. P. Featherston, Z 

" " Henry A. Sims, H 

" Thomas C. Clarke, J 

" Fred. Marett, Scribe E 

Number of Members 43 



No- 17.— DORCHESTER CHAPTER, WATERLOO. 
Established — A.D., 1860. 

Stated Meetings— first Thursday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. H. L. Robinson, Z 

« " W. A. Taylor, H 

" W. J. Johnstone, J 

George H. Allen, Scribe E 

Number of Members 39 



No. 18— OXFORD CHAPTER, WOODSTOCK. 
Established — A.D., 1860. 

Stated Meetings — first Friday of every month 

OFFICERS. 

V.E. Comp. George Forbes, Z 

" " John Turquand, H 

" " Jordan Charles, J 

" Charles L. Beard, Scribe E 

Number of Members 29 



EIGHTH ANNUAL CONVOCATION, PRESOOtT, 1865. 390 

No. 19.— .MOUNT MORIAB CHAPTEB, St, CATHARINES 
E2st>&slx8hxb — A. I)., 1 861 

Stated Meetings— Friday on or after fall moon of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

V. E. Comp. Wm. McGhie, Z 

Samuel G. Dolson, H 

u " Henry Carlisle, J 

" " David Robeson, jr. Scribe E 

Number of members • : . 53 



No. 20.— MOUNT IIOREB CHAPTER, P.RANTFORD. 



Stated Meetings— first Wednesday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. David Curtis, Z 

11 " G. W. Lcthbridge, H 

'■< " J.Taylor, J 

" A. Robertson, Scribe E 

Number of Members 21 



No. 21.— CARNARVON CHAPTER, MONTREAL. 



Stated Meetings— third Thursday in Feb., May, Aug., and Nor, 

OFFICERS. 

R.E Comp. Alex. A. Stevenson, Z 

" " " Isaac H. Stearns, H 

Arthur R. Sowdon, J 

" Francis M. Sowdon, Scribe E 

Number of Members 39 



No. 22.— CRENVILLE CHAPTER, PRESCOTT. 
Established — A.D., 1861. 

Stated Meetings — first Wednesday in Jan., April, July and Oct. 

OFFICERS. 

E. Comp. William H. Brouse, Z 

" " Alex. G. Macdonell, II 

" Richey Waugli, J 

4< Matthew Dowsley Scribe E 

Number of Members 20 

n 



400 GRAND CHAPTER OP CANADA. 

No. 23.— EZRA CHAPTER, SIMCOE. 
Established — A.D., 1861. 

Stated Meetings — second Wednesday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

V.E. Conip. John Clarke, Z 

" " John Williamson H 

" ki John Wilson, J 

Number of Members 11 

No. 24.— TECUMSEH CHAPTER, STRATFORD. 

Established — A.D., 1863. 

Stated Meetings — last Wednesday of every month. 

OFFICERS. 

R.E. Comp. Charles Kahn, Z 

Thos Matheson, H 

" " Thos. Winter, J 

" Thos. Miller, Scribe E 

Number of Members 33 



No. 25.— MOUNT HOREB CHAPTER, MONTREAL. 



Stated Meetings — second Wednesday of every month. 

R.E. Comp. Thos. Milton, Z 

" " Henry Henderson, H 

" «« Robt. P. McGinnis, J 

" J. T. M. Burnside, Scribe E 

Number of members 33 

U.D.— ST. MARK'S CHAPTER, TRENTON. 

Established — A. D., 1865. 

Stated Meeting — second Wednesday of every month 

E. Comp. H. W. Delaney, Z 

" " H. W. Day, H 

" " W. Bleasdell, J 

" Peter Begg, Scribe E 

Number of members 11 



LIST OF GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTERS, 

Willi I III' 

UAMES AND RESIDENCES OF THEIR GRAND SECRETARIES. 

England Win. Gray Clarke . . London. 

Scotland L. Mackcrsy Edinburgh 

Inland Hon. Geo. Handcock Dublin. 

Alabama Daniel Sayre Montgomery 

Arkansas James W. Finley . . Little Rock. 

California L. C. Owen San Francisco. 

Connecticut E. G. Storer New Haven. 

Florida John B. Taylor .... Tallahassee. 

Georgia B. B. Russell Augusta. 

Indiana William Hacker . . . Shelbyvillc. 

Illinois H. G. Reynolds .... Springfield. 

Iowa W. B. Langridgc . . . Muscatine. 

Kentucky Phillip Swiggert . . . Frankfort, 

Louisiana Samuel M. Todd. . . New Orleans. 

Maine Ira Berry Portland. 

Maryland W. Morris Smith . . Washington, D. C. 

Massachusetts Thomas Waterman. Boston. 

Michigan J.Eastman Johnson . Centreville. 

Minnesota A. T. C. Pierson ... St. Paul. 

Mississippi 

Missouri A. O'Sullivan St. Louis. 

New Hampshire .... Horace Chase Hopkinton. 

New York J. 0. Cole Albany. 

New Jersey J. Woolverton .... Trenton. 

North Carolina Thomas B. Carr . . . Wilmington. 

Ohio John D. Cadwcll. . . Cincinnati. 

Oregon T. McF. Patten Salem. 

Pennsylvania Wm. H. Adams . . . Philadelphia. 

Rhode Island Samuel B. Swan... Providence. 

South Carolina E. Thayer Charleston. 

Tennessee C. A. Fuller Nashville. 

Texas A. S. Ruthven .... Galveston. 

Vermont JohnB. Hollcnbcck. Burlington. 

Virginia John Dove Richmond. 

Wisconsin W. T. Palmer Milwaukee. 



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Gil AND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DISTRICTS. 

Coinp. Charles Kahn London District. 

" David Curtis Wilson " 

" James Seymour Hamilton " 

" James Adams Toronto " 

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" H. L. Robinson EasVn Town'ps " 

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